February 1, 2023

Benevolent people from Sagada, Mountain Province have sent 7.7 tons of vegetables to those affected by the recent flooding in Cagayan and Isabela.

Guided by the motto, Ipeyas nan gawis or share your blessings, Sagada Mayor James Pooten said the people of Sagada donated sayote and an assortment of other vegetables, rice, hygiene kits, and clothes.

The first batch of vegetables comprising about three tons was sent to Cauayan City, Isabela on Nov. 16.

Cauayan City Mayor Bernard Faustino Dy sent a text message to Pooten expressing gratitude for the donation.

The Sustainable Sagada with the Art Relief Mobile Kitchen has set up a kitchen where vegetables sent to the Cauayan City Food Bank are cooked and distributed to families in the affected towns.

The other donated vegetables were sent to different parts of Cagayan and Isabela through the local government of Mountain Province with coordination with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and local government units in Region 2.

Last year, vegetables were also donated to victims of an earthquake in Mindanao.

Recently, vegetables were sent to communities in the Bicol Region affected by Typhoon Rolly through the Sustainable Sagada, an organization helping farmers during the Covid-19 pandemic. – Redjie Cawis