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Antique buys almost P3M worth of produce from farmers to sustain economy

The Antique government has purchased almost P3 million worth of produce from their farmers to be distributed to temporary markets in different barangays, as they sustain their economy amid the general community quarantine (GCQ).

"Noong third o fourth week ng enhanced quarantine namin, pumunta sa akin 'yung aming provincial agriculturist. Umiiyak daw 'yung farmers kasi walang bumibili ng kanilang mga kamatis, tone-tonelada na mga singkamas, tone-toneladang pakwan," Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao said at the Laging Handa public briefing on Saturday.

The Antique government thus held their "Pagkain Para sa Tanan" project and bought the goods of their farmers to be distributed as capital to the talipapas of different barangays, Cadiao said.

"So far almost P3 million na ang nabili naming produce ng mga farmers namin dito. Kumabaga binubuksan lang namin ang ekonomiya ng aming probinsya para mabuhay naman ang maliliit na aming trabahador," she added.

The Antique governor said talipapas or temporary markets in barangays are preferrable in their current situation as compared to general markets where social distancing is neglected.

Antique is one of the provinces that was downgraded to general community quarantine as recommended by the Inter-Agecny Task Force. -MDM, GMA News