The Cebu Provincial Government came to the rescue of vegetable farmers in the southern towns of Cebu who suffered from lesser demand from customers.
Capitol initially purchased a total of 35 tons of cabbage last July 24 and 25 worth P280,000, according to Provincial Agriculturist's Office Chief Dr. Roldan Saragena.
Dalaguete town, with Mayor Jeffrey Belciña at the helm, provided transport services for the delivery of the cabbage supplies to the Bagsakan Center at Cebu South Bus Terminal. The vegetables are kept in two 20-foot cold storage facilities.
The following are the recipients - Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (1,606 kilos), Talisay City Jail (1,078 kilos), Lapu-Lapu City Jail (968 kilos), Mandaue City Jail (869 kilos), Cebu City Jail Female Dorm (1,719 kilos), Cebu City Jail Male Dorm (2,050 kilos), Naga City Jail (432 kilos), Sisters of Mary School Boys Town Inc. Minglanilla (362 kilos), Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (593 kilos), Carmelite Sisters (70 kilos), Archbishop Palace (68 kilos), Pink Sisters (93 kilos), and Poor Clare Sisters (111 kilos).
The cold storage dubbed "Palamigan ng Bayan" is a joint initiative of the Department of Transportation, the Cebu Ports Authority, the Philippine Ports Authority, Maritime Industry Authority, and the Cebu Provincial Government.
Additional trucks of cabbage were delivered today, July 27, to continue assisting farmers in Dalaguete, Argao, Alcoy, Boljoon, and Alegria towns which form part of the local government units that converge at the Dalaguete Trading Center in Barangay Mantalongon, Dalaguete.
Dr. Saragena clarified that the excess vegetables are of premium quality cabbage.
"It doesn't mean nga low quality ni nga repolyo. Puros na lang nakapalit ang mga buyer ani, naa na may takers, unya naa pa ang supply tungod sa low demand so mao nang naa gyud ta'y excess," he said.
Capitol’s initiative to buy the excess cabbage supplies came as a bliss to both farmers and the intended beneficiaries.
"Kini man gud nga mga farmer nag-converge sa Dalaguete Trading Post kay maayo na gyud ni sila sa cabbage production technology. So, after growing quality cabbages last March mao ni nga nagsunod-sunod na ang pag-harvest," he pointed out.
Saragena acknowledged the perseverance of farmers in these trying times. He assured them that government entities such as the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation will offer further assistance.
"Government agencies are working for them. Ang ilahang insurance system naa man na. Despite sa ilahang nasinati karon padayon sila gahimo'g pagkaon so makalaum sila parte sa ilang insurance (coverage)," he added. (Eleanor Valeros)