Another act of good will made our day! The local government unit of Bocaue, Bulacan announced that they have purchased truckloads of vegetables from Cordillera farmers to be repacked as relief goods among its residents.
It came to their attention that due to the implementation of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, farmers were forced to dispose their rotten products due to the significant drought in buyers and difficulties in shipping the goods.
Bocaue purchased 13,000 kilos worth of cabbages, sayote, potatoes, and broccoli, according to a post by Mayor Joni Villanueva. She added that these will be put to good use as part of the relief packs for senior citizens.
“Nakarating sa kaalaman ni Mayor Joni Villanueva ang nakakaawang kalagayan ng mga magsasaka sa Cordillera. Hindi maibenta at nabubulok na ang mga pananim nilang gulay. Hindi nila madala ang mga ito sa mga pamilihan dahil sa umiiral na lockdown. Dumadaing na sa hirap ang mga magsasaka.”
As of Tuesday, the LGU have distributed 11,000 packs. In fact, this has been praised all over social media. As a result, netizens are now urging other municipalities to continue this gesture as many local from different areas in the country share the same sentiments of those in the Mt. Province.
“Ito ang dahilan kaya nagdesisyon si Mayor Joni na bumili ng kanilang produkto para sila ay matulungan.”
Progressive movements have also called for the same cause and have put up vegetable sales online. SAKA – Sama-samang Artista para sa Kilusang Agraryo (Artist Alliance for Genuine Land Reform and Rural Development), successfully conducted a ‘Bagsak-Ahon Gulay Sale‘ earlier this week which sold-out quickly!
We hope that this passes on to many others in the following days and weeks.