Department of Agrarian Reform officials led by Secretary John Castriciones with La Trinidad officials led by Mayor Romeo Salda sprearhead the ribbon cutting and turn over ceremony of the solar power irrigation system in Barangay Alno, La Trinidad, Benguet on Thursday, April 8, 2021. The P800, 000.00 irrigation system was turned over to the Alno Rural Community Development Cooperative which is expected to provide water to more than 15 hectares of cut flower and vegetable farms in Alno. RMC PIA-CAR

POPCOM Regional Director Magdalena Abellera(3rd from left) and partner panelists in the forum push for a whole of society approach in addressing women's concerns including repruductive health in this time of health pandemic. (CCD/PIA CAR)

NCCA Chairperson Arsenio Lizaso (with mic) during the PIA Cordillera- led Kapihan media forumabout the first Montañosa Film Festival. Joining him (from left to right) are Film Academy of the Philippines chairperson Vivian Velez, Baguio City Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, NCIP Chairperson Secretary Allen Capuyan (4th from left), NCIP Commissioner for Central Visayas Jennifer Pia Sibug-las and NCIP Commisioner for Region 1 and CAR Gaspar Cayat. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas presides over the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force Meeting on COVID-19 on March 29, 2021 at the Benguet Provincial Capitol attended by task force member agencies. (photo by RMC-PIA-CAR)

Community pantry groups, donors urged to buy veggies to help farmers

BAGUIO CITY, May 4(PIA) – Cordillera farmers are innately generous. Even if they are losing due to low prices brought about by oversupply or transport concerns from the farms to the markets due to landslides and other circumstances, they are still   happy to share their produce.  They have proven their   generosity in many instances not only in the region but in other calamity-affected areas in the country.

 

With the current  COVID-19 pandemic,  vegetable farmers in the Cordillera Region are also affected  especially with the implementation of enhanced community quarantine that have  imposed  travel restrictions affecting the delivery of their  produce to the different markets  in Manila and others areas outside the region.   

Yet since the health crisis  started in March 2020, Agot Balanoy, Benguet Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative Manager and who also  represents the League of Associations of the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post, said their  organizations composed of farmers, traders, truckers and other stakeholders, have donated more than 70 tons of  assorted highland vegetables to the different communities, as well as  those affected by the typhoon in the Cagayan Valley Region in November last year. 

Benguet Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative Manager Agot Balanoy. RMC PIA-CAR 

Several other farmers groups and associations as well as individuals in the agriculture sector in the region,   have also been donating their produce to the public  to help others in this time of crisis.

She noted that  sharing  what they   is  part of the culture of the people in the Cordillera in  taking care of their fellow individuals particularly those who are burdened.

Now with the popular community pantries being set up mostly by non government organizations, Balanoy has an appeal in behalf of the farmers.

“The farmers would appreciate it so much if bibilhin ng mga community pantry organizers at iba pang nag dodonate ng gulay mula sa mga farmers at ito ang ipamimigay sa mga pantries at activities nila,” she said.


Balanoy  said that many groups and organizations conducting similar donation drive activities and  organizers of the now trending  community pantries  have been asking free vegetable donations from farmers and traders particularly  in the province of Benguet.

It would be a great help to the vegetable farmers if the different groups and individuals holding and conducting community pantries and donation drives buy their produce to also provide or give back to the farmers even a portion of what they spent in producing and growing their vegetables.


“To the public particularly doing donations and relief, we would appreciate much if bibilhin nila ang mga gulay mula sa mga farmers at ito ang ipamimigay sa mga pantries and relief operations nila,” Balanoy said.

 “Huwag sana masyadong libre lahat, kahit konti let us give back to the farmers,” she added.
 
She explained that until now most of the end markets of highland vegetables such as hotels, resorts, restaurants and other establishments are still closed contributing to the loss of farmers.

It is good that some local government units are buying some produce of farmers as part of their relief assistance to their residents and other communities to support the survival of people during these trying times. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis

 

Baguio

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Benguet

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Mt. Province

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IFUGAO

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  • Ifugao youth group, partners set up 'Good Samaritan' pantry

    LAMUT, Ifugao, April 23 (PIA) - - The Ifugao Youth Association (IYA) is initiating the establishment of  community pantries  in the province as a way of reaching out to town mates who may be hardly affected  by  the COVID-19 pandemic and have  little capacity to buy basic necessities which they need.

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