What's in your relief-goods bag? These LGUs give away a sack of rice, gulay, eggs, and more!

by Nikko Tuazon
Mar 30, 2020
Keeping small agribusiness alive in the time of COVID-19: (L) Tons and tons of vegetables and fruits bought from the town's farmers were part of the relief packs distributed to residents of Alaminos City in Pangasinan. (R) Sta. Margarita Mayor Gemma P. Zosa in Samar supervising the distribution of rice sacks, each weighing 50 kilograms, to her constituents.
PHOTO/S: LGU-Alaminos City, Pangasinan / Uswag Sta. Margarita / Samar Weekly Express on Facebook /

Several local government units are earning praise for the innovative ways they are serving constituents while the country is under quarantine.

Most noteworthy is their initiative to help local growers and farmers keep their livelihood by buying their produce as well as livestock and fishery commodities.

These are then distributed in relief packages to families in their territory.

We applaud these LGU executives!

PANGASINAN

Alaminos City Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste, presently the youngest mayor in the country at the age of 23, went viral last week for personally handing out relief goods to 25,000 families in his jurisdiction.

According to its Facebook page, the local government of Alaminos City bought from their own farmers 730 kilos of vegetables and 10 tons of fruits, which were then distributed as relief goods to residents.

The post read: "Marami pong vegetable growers ang naapektuhan ng COVID-19 quarantine. Hindi po nila maibenta ang kanilang mga produkto kaya bilang tugon, binili po ng ating lokal na pamahalaan para hindi po ito masira at ito’y mapakinabangan. Kasama po ito sa mga ipamimigay natin na pagkain sa ating mga kababayan."

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In Urdaneta City, Mayor Julio "Rammy" Parayno III began the distribution of a 25-kilo sack of rice to each household in his community five days after the enhanced community quarantine was implemented.

A Facebook post last March 19 read: "Para po sa kaalaman ng ating mga kababayan sa Lungsod ng Urdaneta, dumating na po ang inisyal na delivery ng mga saku- sakong bigas na personal na ininspeksyon ng ating mahal na Mayor Rammy Parayno kasama ang ating mga Konsehal upang masiguro ang kalidad at agarang pamamahagi ng bigas sa bawat pamilya sa ating Lungsod."

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SAMAR

On Sunday, March 29, each family in Sta. Margarita in Samar received one sack of rice weighing 50 kilos and PHP500 cash.

According to a Facebook post of Samar Express, Sta. Margarita Mayor Gemma P. Zosa assured all 36 barangays within the locality will receive food relief.

She reportedly said, "Ngatanan nga households san 36 barangays. Makaka-receive san relief goods." (Filipino translation: "Ang lahat ng kabahayan sa 36 na barangays ay makakatanggap ng relief goods.)

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NUEVA ECIJA

Mayor Emerson "Emeng" Pascual of Gapan, Nueva Ecijan has been praised for earmarking PHP6 million of his own money for relief efforts in his community.

The initial expense of PHP4.5 million, which was used to buy tons and tons of rice, live chickens, and 3,000 eggs that were distributed to his constituents, came from the salary the mayor has saved up since he assumed office in 2016.

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Gapan residents updated their Facebook to say thank you to their mayor.

One of the posts read: "50 Kilos of rice per family para sa taga Gapan. 3000 pcs of eggs will be given daily to the residents of Gapan.

"He donated his 4.5million salary na naipon simula ng naging Mayor sya ng Gapan dahil short ng 16million ang pondo para makapagbigay ng 50kilos per family.

"He also added na dadagdagan nya daw po ng 1.5milyon ang naunang 4.5milyon para sumaktong 6Milyon.

"Ang natitirang 10milyon ay maaaring manggaling kay Kapitan Boy Pascual at kay Bokal Joy Pascual."

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PALAWAN

Aborlan Mayor Celsa Adier in Palawan has also been buying produce directly from their own farmers, according to a report in RomblonNews.net.

In an interview, Mayor Celsa said, "Binibili namin yung mga produktong ani ng mga magsasaka, tulad ng ng saging at saging na saba, puso ng saging, labong, upo, mangga, mula sa iba-ibang barangay dito sa Aborlan.

"Ito ay upang… maiwasan pang magtungo sa palengke ang mga mamamayan at makatulong sa mga magsasaka na hindi masira ang kanilang mga ani."

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ROMBLON

The local government of Odiongan in Romblon headed by Mayor Trina Firmalo-Fabic has also added fruits, vegetables, and livestock bought from local farmers to the canned goods and rice that are being distributed to families in their community.

In a Facebook post last Saturday, March 28, Mayor Trina wrote, "Hindi pare-pareho ang mga produktong agrikultural na ating binibigay sa bawat barangay.

"Sa mga lugar na madalang ang isda, tayo po ay naghahatid sa kanila ng mga sariwang isda.

"Sa mga lugar naman na bibihira ang gulay, tayo ay namamahagi ng mga masustansyang gulay.

"Iba-iba man ang produktong ibinibigay, sinisigurado natin na pare-pareho ang presyo ng bawat food packs."

The LGU of Ordiongan has been distributing relief goods to over 12,000 families in scattered areas and far-flung barangays under its jurisdiction.

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Keeping small agribusiness alive in the time of COVID-19: (L) Tons and tons of vegetables and fruits bought from the town's farmers were part of the relief packs distributed to residents of Alaminos City in Pangasinan. (R) Sta. Margarita Mayor Gemma P. Zosa in Samar supervising the distribution of rice sacks, each weighing 50 kilograms, to her constituents.
PHOTO/S: LGU-Alaminos City, Pangasinan / Uswag Sta. Margarita / Samar Weekly Express on Facebook /
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