Around 5,000 vegetable seedlings were distributed to boatmen of the Sabang Sea Ferry Cooperation (SSFC) in Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayugan on Monday, to encourage local food production.
Kabarangay information office Agnes Acosta-Magdaug said that the project was initiated by the Office of the 3rd District in partnership with Yamang Bukid Farm-Palawan that provided the seedlings.
Seedlings distributed include tomato, pole bean, lettuce, cucumber, okra, string beans, squash, arugula and pechay.
“Total number of seedlings ay nasa 5,000, marami kasing members ang coop ng mga boatmen sa Sabang, nasa 300 plus. ‘Yon din kasi ang request nila talaga, as needs arise na lang muna kami. Unang plano kasi mamigay kami ng seeds pero hindi advisable daw sabi ng Yamang Bukid, ‘yong chances na tumubo mababa na [kaya seedlings],” she said.
She said that they recognize the boatmen as one of the affected sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Ito ay para doon sa mga kabarangay natin na naapektuhan ng COVID-19. Ang layunin nito ay para magkaroon ng alternatibong kabuhayan ang mga bankero,” she said.