Jixy Allote Bumatang leads fellow seminarians of St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary in processing carrot balls and juice. This is part of their summer program of staying at the seminary doing advanced courses at the same time enhancing their livelihood skills like food processing.
They have already processed a hundred kilos of carrots and are earning from this activity to support their summer program, Significantly, they are also hugely providing service to the farmers who have found themselves almost losing income from their produce when carrot price for the past two months have nosedived to only Php 2 to 3 per kilo. Yesterday, 1.9 tons of carrots, potatoes and sayote were brought down to the E-CARE store in Quezon City from Bebe, Sengyew, Monamon and Sinto in Bauko, Mountain Province. This is the second run, which includes a delivery to Pinukpok, Kalinga of another ton of similar “bagsak presyo” vegetables on Monday.
The first run was made two weeks ago, involving 3.2 tons also brought to Quezon City and Pinukpok. Because of the “bagsak presyo”, farmers would have lost heavily from these if not placed under the marketing operation of the E-CARE Foundation which now takes this opportunity to acknowledge and express gratitude to the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Administrative Region, through Director Cameron Odsey and Dr. Arlene M. Sagayo, whose trucks were used for the transport at minimal costs.
Likewise, profound gratitude is due to our members and patrons who continue to respond to the call for service to our brothers and sisters in farming communities. Because of all of you, the first run of 3.2 tons was almost sold out in just 3 days. It is expected that this will be duplicated in this second run as well as in succeeding operations. This is the E-CARE Way!