LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The spirit of the Christmas is just around the corner even during these difficult times that the people in the global village are coping with the serious negative impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
The municipal government under the able leadership of Mayor Romeo K. Salda and Vice Mayor Roderick Awingan in close coordination with farmer donors and disposers from the public and private reading centers in the municipality have been donating more or less 50 tons of assorted vegetables to residents who have been affected by the lockdowns that were implemented in the capital town, Baguio City, Itogon and Tuba over the past 3 weeks.
Vice Mayor Awingan disclosed that the donated vegetables to the locked down barangays in the aforesaid places is a form of assistance from the local government to the residents who have been restricted to freely go out of their homes under exiting lockdown rules with the active participation of the farmer donors and the disposers in the different public and private trading centers in the municipality.
He added that volunteers headed by Clemence Lapas had been going around the various trading centers and collected the donated vegetables from kind-hearted farmer donors and disposers which were eventually received by the representatives of the locked down barangays in the nearby areas for distribution to the affected residents.
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“There has been an oversupply of vegetables in the different trading centers in the municipality over the past several weeks that is why our kind hearted farmer donors and disposers opted to extend the same as an assistance to the residents who are affected by the implementation of lockdown orders from the neighboring areas,” Vice Mayor Awingan stressed.
Tuba Vice Mayor Maria Carantes, Baguio City Councilor Arthur Alad-iw and Itogon Councilor Mackenzie Pio served as the coordinators of the assistance program in their respective areas of jurisdiction that facilitated the smooth distribution of the donated vegetables to the identified recipients.
According to him, the municipal government contacted the coordinators who in turn ferried the donated vegetables from the pick-up point in the municipality to their respective places where concerned barangay officials were also requested to get their supply of vegetables for their constituents affected by the lockdowns that were ordered for contact tracing purposes or following the discovery of COVID-19 cases in the said areas.
Mayor Salda and Vice Mayor Awingan expressed their sincerest gratitude to the farmers ad disposers who willingly and voluntarily donated their assorted vegetable supply to the residents who had been affected by the implementation of lockdowns in different places as their assistance went a long way in sustaining the availability of the supply of agricultural crops, especially highland vegetables, in the locked down areas.
The La Trinidad municipal officials said that the gesture displayed by the farmers and disposers in voluntarily donating their vegetable supply is worthy of emulating and should serve as a concrete example for people to be able to bring out the best in them during the prevailing crisis so that those who are in dire need of help will be provided with whatever available assistance.
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