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By: Mylen Manto | Published Friday, April 03, 2020
Instead of bringing their harvests to the Capitol for the annual Tabo sa Kapitolyo, farmers will now be able to sell their produce at the Bagsakan Centers located in the covered courts of the different towns and cities of Cebu as the province is still under the enhanced community quarantine. (File Photo: Lito Tecson)

Even with the Cebu Province under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), Cebuano farmers will still be able to sell their harvests at the Bagsakan Centers of the Capitol.

This will also bring essential goods closer to the public while movement restrictions are in place.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia urged local government officials to help farmers bring their crops to these centers that will be placed at the city or municipal gyms to ensure that social distancing wille observed.

“Gani karon excited na atong mag-uuma kay ilang produkto matagaan na og lugar diin ilang mabaligya direkta,” she said.

Aside from crops, other basic necessities like canned goods, instant noodles, cooking oil, powdered milk, coffee, soap, detergents, bleaching powders and others will be available.

Garcia also said online orders at the Bagsakan Centers is possible considering many now have access to the internet. Cebuanos can order online and have their purchases delivered to their respective households.

“Pwede sad mag-online order, i-deliver na ang groceries, level up na. Mura nata'g naa sa City of Cebu. Karon gani ang carenderia i-deliver ang pagkaon nganong di man sad ang kaning atong mga ibaligya sa Bagsakan Center,” she explained.

Bagsakan Centers will be available next week but not all will be functional just yet as these will be piloted first in 20 4th- to 5th-class municipalities.

“Nag pili usa ta'g 20 kadtong gagmay nga lungsod nga walay madaganan nga supermarket,” she said.

Garcia clarified that Bagsakan Centers are different from the relief goods distributed to every households because the public has to pay for the available goods.

“Maong ato na ibaligya kay people need to know dili ni pwedeng hand-outs nalang tanan kay dili mani ma-sustain, for them to know and to keep that sense of self-pride nga dili na gyud puros hand-outs,” she said.

The governor assured that goods sold at the Bagsakan Center is way below or within the ceiling price approved by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 7.

Meanwhile, Garcia clarified that the P5,000 to P8,000 emergency subsidy from the national government under its social amelioration program are still being prepared by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the implementing agency.

The subsidy amount, to be given in cash or in kind, will depend on the prescribed minimum wage rate per region.

The program aims to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 health crisis and the implemented ECQ.

With that, Garcia appealed to the public not to blame their mayors because the subsidy is yet to be distributed to individuals, families, and communities affected by the COVID-19. (Mylen Manto)