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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