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By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Vegetables and fish products from Cebu towns as well as Bayawan City in Negros Oriental have been delivered to the bagsakan center in Cebu South Bus Terminal. (Photo from Provincial Agriculturist’s Office)

Bayawan City of Negros Oriental joined Cebu towns in maximizing the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) as a "bagsakan center" to avoid the risk of exposure to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

During her Facebook livestream report on Monday, May 4, Governor Gwen Garcia shared that Bayawan City delivered 7.1 tons of fish at the CSBT, instead of going to the Pasil Fish Port in Cebu City.

"Mas mi-prefer na sa South Bus ang Bayawan kay hapsay, limpiyo, efficient ang delivery. We expect that the bagsakan maoy solusyon sa kahingawa sa mga mayor nga ma-expose ang mga driver ug pahinante sa Carbon ug Pasil," she said.

"Whereas diri sa bagsakan, wala'y daghang tawo kay ang gi-allow ang motumod ra gyud ug ang mamalit naa ngadto. Unya subject to sanitation," the governor added.

The bagsakan center received a total of 9,800 kilograms of fish from Bayawan City and farm products from Barili town in Cebu earlier today.

On Friday, May 1, 30 truckloads of assorted vegetables, buko and bananas weighing a total of 87,875 kilograms were delivered from Argao, Barili, Dalaguete, Sibonga, San Remigio, and Medellin towns.

Some 31,753 kilograms of farm products on board 15 truckloads from Sibonga and San Remigio, and seven truckloads from Dalaguete arrived at the CSBT on Saturday, May 2.

On the following day, May 3, Sibonga and San Remigio towns delivered 3,545 kilograms of farm products.

Aside from the bagsakan center, the "Tindahan sa Kapitolyo" is also gaining popular support because of low prices on commodities being sold. The Capitol subsidized the cost of the products so retail prices can drop by 10 percent. 

For example, rice from the National Food Authority is usually purchased at P1,250 per sack, selling each kilo at P25. With the 10-percent subsidy, consumers buy this at P22.50 only. 

Aside from dry goods, pork and chicken meat products will also be available in the Tindahan.

The meat products will be delivered to Borbon, Tudela, Santa Fe, Sogod, Asturias, and Tuburan on May 6; and to Santander, Aloguinsan, Alegria, Ronda, Boljoon, Ginatilan, and Pinamungajan on May 7. 

Tabuelan earned praises from the governor for their mobile "Tindahan sa Kapitolyo" wherein the goods are loaded on a bus to reach barangays far from the town center. 

The Capitol allocated stocks amounting to P16.7 million for the "Tindahan sa Kapitolyo" in 16 local government units, namely Alcantara, Ronda, Borbon, Sogod, Santa Fe, Ginatilan, Poro, Samboan, Aloguinsan, Tabogon, Santander, Tabuelan, Tudela, Alegria, Argao, and Boljoon. (Eleanor Valeros)