500 kilos of ‘surplus’ cabbage given away to coastal barangays in Dalaguete

By: Doris Mondragon - Content Specialist - CDN Digital | April 22,2021 - 07:14 PM
SURPLUS CABBAGE. Volunteers remove parts of the 500 kilos of surplus cabbage that have withered. These were then given free to folks in coastal areas.

Photo by Doris Mondragon

DALAGUETE, Cebu—More than 500 kilos of “surplus” cabbage, which were about to be thrown away, were saved by some volunteers at the Dalaguete Agri-Pinoy Trading Centre (DAPTC) today, April 22, 2021.

The volunteers of Radio Emergency Communication Operations Network (RECON) Mantalongon, Dalaguete Chapter cleaned and peeled the cabbages off to be distributed to the coastal barangays of Dalaguete town.

Police Staff Sergeant Fausto Cariquitan, a policeman, adviser of RECON Mantalongon and a farmer himself, said that the cabbages were stocked for about four days now and were considered “surplus”.

“Ilabay na unta ni unya among gihangyo ang mga naninda nga ato lang ipanghatag kay aron pud mahimoslan ug makaon pa kay daghan kaayong gipanggutom karon. Upat ka adlaw naman ni syang na-stock diri kay wala na nahalin. Supposedly iyabo na unta na sya sa garbage truck,” he told CDN Digital in an interview.

(These cabbages were supposed to be thrown away but we appealed to vendors that we would just give these so that these surplus cabbage could be eaten because there are many people today who are hungry. These had been in stock for four days here and had not been sold at all. Supposedly, they were preparing to dispose of them through the garbage truck.)

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“Gi-awhag nato kadtong may kaya unya willing motabang hinaot unta nga inyong tabangan atong mga farmers diri sa Mantalongon. Makapalit ra gyod mo og direct diri unya pwede pud ninyo ipanghatag sa kadtong nanginahanglan. Barato kaayo ang utanon ron,”  he added.

(We appeal to those who have the means to help the farmers here in Mantalongon. You can buy direct and you can give these to those in need. The prices of these vegetables are so cheap.)

READ: Dalaguete vegetables bartered for canned goods, eggs and noodles

Surplus vegetable is a word coined to describe unsold vegetables. According to the DAPTC office, one or two pesos per kilo will be deducted from the market price of these surplus vegetables.

Cariquitan, along with the other volunteers from RECON Mantalongon and Akrho Dalaguete Council will distribute the cabbages today in Barangay Banhigan and Barangay Casay in Dalaguete.

Surplus cabbage cleaned and given to residents in the coastal areas of Dalaguete town.

Photo by Doris Mondragon

Yesterday, Cariquitan said that about 300 kilos of unsold cabbages were put to waste or were thrown away.

For six days now, the prices of cabbage and other vegetables remained very low here. It was priced at P6 per kilo on Wednesday and further dropped to P4 per kilo today.

Prices of leafy vegetables and other kinds of produce have begun to drop since February up to this time.

 Juan Moran, DAPTC operations manager, said he was in talks with the local government of Dalaguete for a possible solution to this problem.

Photo by Doris Mondragon

“Nagstorya nami ni Mayor Jeffrey nga nakighinabi pud sa atong gobernadora kung unsay kahimoan nato ani,” Moran said.

(I already talked with Mayor Jeffrey who spoke with the governor on how we can help.)

Mantalongon sits at a higher altitude with a colder climate where vegetables and fruits grow abundantly.

It is known as the “vegetable basket” of Cebu as well as its summer capital.

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TAGS: Dalaguete, Dalaguete Agri-Pinoy Trading Centre (DAPTC), mantalongon, Radio Emergency Communication Operations Network (RECON), surplus cabbage

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