In these critical times of the pandemic coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 which is fast spreading in many parts of the country and enhanced community is quarantine is imposed in a bid to contain its spread , Mayor Gabino Ganggangan came out with a public notice in his facebook on March 30 that the local government unit would not get relief food packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, instead these be given to households in more needy areas.
He said that it’s not that Sadanga, a 5th class municipality with almost 9,000 population, does not have poor families, but he trusts in the indigenous practice and value of taking care of relatives and “kailyan”(barrio/townmates) so that no one will go hungry during calamities and hard times like this.
Ganggangan said the rich members of the community will share their rice supplies stocked in their granaries to sustain them through. This is just reminding the “kadangyans” of their moral responsibility to our kailyans, he said.
Ganggangan’s post read:
“Today i was informed by our MSWDO that some relief food packs sent by the DSWD region are now available at the PDRRM office in Bontoc for lgus that might be requesting.
However i decided and instructed our MSWDO to relay our message that our municipality will not be availing of these food packs even if the lockdown will be extended.
It’s not that we don't have poor and needy families but i believe that we as tribal communities still have and should sustain our "built in" and homegrown or indigenous social structure, values, and practice of taking care of our respective relatives or kins, neighbors ,or kailyan in distress during hard times or economic crisis.
It is during these kinds of economic hardships such as "food shortages", hunger and famine that the "richer or better of" (kadangyans) among a clan or village are expected to aid their needy relatives by lending their surpluses.
Should this crisis extend longer to the extent that our needy families really run out of their rice supplies, we shall mandate the kadangyans of every barangay to open up their rice granaries ( agamangs) to sustain us through to the next harvest season.I assure that no family shall go hungry in our municipality even during these hard times.
Let the Nat'l Gov’t feed those more needy urban poors in the cities and those less fortunate in other areas who can't sustain themselves, while we sustain ourselves while we can.
Again i enjoin every one to cooperate with our efforts to shield our municipality from this Covid 19.”
Netizens praised Ganggangan for his move of supporting the national government while encouraging the people to practice the principle of generosity and bayanihan and preserving the Igorot values of strong sense of community life and cooperation. (JDP/PIA CAR)
By Juliet D. Pilotin