Cebu moms use barter group to raise baby essentials for mom in need
MOALBOAL, CEBU — Dang Tirol was surfing through a famous Facebook barter group for things for her 6-month-old baby when a comment caught her attention.
The comment read: “Hello ka-group. Hoping unta ko nga naa’y willing mo-donate ug diaper and milk para lang ni baby…walang wala naman gud me bisag 25 cents waley na makoot.”
(Hello group mates. Hoping for someone who is willing to donate diaper and milk for baby. Because we really have nothing, even just 25 cents, we have nothing left.)
The comment was from a fellow mother, Sophia Echevarria, who is a resident of Barangay Kalunasan in Cebu City.
This comment prompted the 32-year-old Tirol, a former call center agent from Barangay Tisa, to take action.
She first shared the story to her close friend, Cherry Mae Caval, who is also a mother herself.
“Murag gikumot akong kasing-kasing nga wala gatas nya iyang baby. Wala napud silay kunsumo. So what I did while nag chat ming mommy Cherry. Ako siyang gi sendan ug screenshot sa comment then ako jud siyang giingnan nga tabangan nato si mommy,” she said.
(My heart was crushed when I found out that her baby had no milk. They also didn’t have enough for food. So what I did is I shared the story to mommy Cherry. I sent her the screenshot of the comment and then told her we needed to help mommy [Sophia.])
And help they did.
Using the Cebu Barter Community, a FB group where netizens from different parts of Cebu exchange goods or services, both were able to raise enough baby essentials for Echevarria through bartering.
“Wala puy pag duha-duha nangita si mommy Cherry ug mga things pud nga pwede nyang ika barter without asking in return para sa iyaha. So mao tong nag post si mommy Cherry ug mga baby stuff then ang i-barter kay mga goods, gatas and diapers,” Tirol said.
(Without having second thoughts, mommy Cherry looked for some things to barter in the FB group. She bartered her baby stuff in exchange for goods, milk, and diapers.)
Once they had what they needed, they had the essentials delivered to Echevarria on May 27, 2020, with the help of her friend, Genell Baylon, a police officer, who is also living in Barangay Kalunasan.
“Thankful kaayo ko ani nga page. I hope ang uban nga mu barter are those people willing i-let go ang mga butang kay naa man sad gyuy uban bsag used na ang ipa-barter same price sa ilang butang pud,” she said.
(I am so thankful for this group (Cebu Barter Community). I hope other netizens are willing to let go of their things [to help others] because some of them want to barter things that have the same price of their items.)
Meanwhile, in an interview with CDN Digital, the 26-year-old Echevarria expressed her gratitude to mommies Caval and Tirol.
“Dako kaayo ug kalipay wala ko kasabot gyud ato akong gibati sa among nadawat nga grasya kay wala gyud ko magdahom nga daghan ang motabang namo,” she said.
(I am very grateful and I couldn’t express my feelings on the blessing we received because I didn’t expect that there would be people who would be willing to help us.)
Echevarria added that the daily essentials she received from Caval and Tirol were a big help for them, especially since her husband, Jonel, a motorcycle-for-hire driver, has a tough time earning money while under quarantine due to the coronavirus crisis.
She said she is also active in the Cebu Barter Community since she could offer cleaning or laundry services in exchange of her family’s daily needs. /bmjo
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