Iguig town sets once a week ‘market schedule’ per barangay
IGUIG, Cagayan, March 29 (PIA) – While food items remain to be the basic needs of people and going to market to buy fresh fruits, vegetables and meat products is a necessity to stay healthy, the local government unit here devised a schedule where each barangay has given a single day in a week to buy their needs.
Vice Mayor Judithas Trinidad said while it is expected that people will flock the market during their scheduled day, there are barangay officials and police personnel on duty to ensure that physical distancing is observed while vendors and buyers need to wear mask.
Local officials in-charge in the market also see to it that they bring with them their barangay pass, as a proof that they are resident of a certain barangay while barangay officials will make sure that one member of a household is allowed to go to the market on their scheduled day.
Trinaidad said this will also ensure that people will still have enough and nutritious food while under enhanced community quarantine while small vendors have still income to meet their needs.
The vice mayor appealed that while her constituents will experience inconveniences in some of the policies implemented by the government, this is for the benefit of everybody so as to contain the spread of COVID-19.
She assured that the LGU here will continue to look at the best interest of the people while ensuring that policies are also observed.
The LGU has already packed relief goods wherein some were already distributed and others are ready for distribution to the 23 barangays of the town.
For Adelaida, 55, a daily vendor of camote tops, local spinach and other available vegetables that she gathered in her garden, it is good that she can still have a daily income to meet the needs of her three children since her husband, a tricycle driver, is no longer allowed to transport passengers after in compliance to the temporary suspension of all public utility vehicle including tricycles.
Ayden Lucina, a resident here said she already listed the food items needed for the week as they are only allowed once to go to the market.
“At first, I was against the policy because we need to have a daily supply of fresh vegetables and fruits but later I realized that no one will die of hunger or of missing one meal a day as compared to the threat of the virus, and so I have to respect the policy”, she said. (MDCT/GVB/PIA 2-Cagayan)