Sara folks get vegetables as relief items amid quarantine

first_imgPersonnel of the local government unit of Sara, Iloilo and volunteers prepare food packs to be distributed to the town’s residents on April 1. Beneficiaries will receive vegetables aside from the usual food packs. SARA GUGMA KO The distribution of the said products isalso a way to help the local farmers. Aside from the distribution of foodpacks, the local government unit also encourages its locals to grow vegetablesin their backyards. Once the financial assistance arrives,it would help its local government unit to augment food packs for thequarantine-affected households. ILOILO City – While placed underenhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak, atotal of 15,278 households in the town of Sara in Iloilo province will receivefresh vegetables from its local government unit. Municipal officials helped in therepacking of vegetables and other food packs, while the village officials weretasked to distribute the said supplies to their respective villages on ahouse-to-house basis, or to gather their residents, provided that they willobserve social distancing. “We also have the Municipal EcumenicalAdvisory Council and an association of churches here, which help us in therepacking and distribution,” the mayor said. Also, to ensure that all of itsresidents will have access to basic goods, Sara town organized its businesssector and helped boost the capabilities of the convenience stores in thevillages. “We are distributing vegetables becausewe need to increase the endurance, the resistance of our locals. If we maintaingood resistance, we can hardly be infected by the COVID-19, the mayor said. “We divided the 42 villages here intofour, and each cluster will be supplied with their primary needs through theconvenience stores” Aying said. Beneficiaries will receive vegetableslike squash, eggplant, green beans, bitter gourd, along with two kilograms ofrice, four canned goods and four packs of noodles. Mayor Jon Aying said that the localgovernment unit already started the distribution yesterday. He added that the town’s public marketis still accessible for its residents living in nearby villages. “I always reiterate to our villagechiefs to encourage their constituents to plant vegetables. We are onquarantine and in case this lasts long, after two months, we can harvest,” hesaid. The town also anticipates a P1 millionaid from the provincial government, adding that they already completed theneeded requirements. “Our local farmers are also affected. Weare buying from them so that our economic activities here will not behampered,” Aying added. The measures being applied by the localgovernment unit of the town are parts of the bid in containing the spread ofthe COVID-19.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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Football News Lionel Messi scores twice, Argentina warm-up for Copa America with 5-1 win over Nicaragua

first_imgArgentina have not won a major trophy since 1993.Argentina plays Colombia in Salvador before taking on Paraguay and Asian champions Qatar.Nicaragua are competing in the Gold Cup for the second time. highlights San Juan: Lionel Messi scored a first-half double as Argentina warmed up for the Copa America with a comprehensive 5-1 win over Nicaragua on Friday in San Juan. The Central Americans, who will participate in this month’s Gold Cup tournament while Argentina battles it out in Brazil, frustrated the home side initially. But it was left to captain Messi to spark his side into action in their only warm-up match ahead of the tournament, expertly opening the scoring on 37 minutes before grabbing another just 96 seconds later. Lautaro Martinez, the Inter Milan forward, also scored twice, coming off the substitutes bench at half-time to give coach Lionel Scaloni food for thought ahead of the opening match with Colombia on June 15. Scaloni, brought in after Jorge Sampaoli was sacked following a disastrous showing at the World Cup last summer, is aiming to build a younger team and end Argentina’s 26-year wait for a trophy.     Indeed, in Scaloni’s Copa America squad only Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria remain from the one that was beaten by Germany in the World Cup final in Rio five years ago. An on-song Messi, however, is needed for the South Americans to prosper over the next few weeks. Messi has lost three Copa finals — 2007, 2015 and 2016 — and the last time Argentina won an international title was in the same competition back in 1993 when the diminutive forward was just six years old. They have reached four of the last five finals.  With Brazil missing the injured Neymar for the showpiece event, which starts on June 14, Argentina is one of the favourites.RELATED     Early on in Friday’s first meeting between Argentina and Nicaragua, Scaloni’s team failed to inspire in front of a sell-out crowd of 25,000 at San Juan del Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, Argentina. Aguero looked dangerous in the opening stages and Messi really should have done better on 12 minutes when he uncharacteristically shot wide from close range. Nicaragua, however, were defending well while regularly asserting their physicality — Messi was twice hauled down in the opening half hour — to frustrate Argentina and their supporters. River Plate’s Matias Suarez had a shot pushed onto the post by visiting keeper Justo Lorente on 26 minutes but the two time World Champions were being made to work hard for openings.     Nicaragua, ranked 129th in the world and competing in their second successive Gold Cup, will prove a stern test for Costa Rica, Haiti and Bermuda despite this thrashing. They have yet to win a game in two appearances at the tournament — lost six with just one goal scored — but won’t go down without a fight. Messi, however, is a danger for any team and his brilliant run and finish saw the Barcelona star beat three defenders before clinically finishing past Lorente. He grabbed his second soon after when Aguero’s shot was parried. Scaloni withdrew key men Messi and Aguero at half-time, which allowed Martinez, 21, to impress with a well-taken effort on 63 and 72 minutes.     Watford’s Roberto Pereyra made it five with nine minutes remaining while Nicaragua’s deserved consolation came through Juan Barrera’s late penalty. Argentina plays Colombia in Salvador before taking on Paraguay and Asian champions Qatar in Group B.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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