Bayanihan para sa Pilipinas: Photographers collected over P55,000 for charity
Aileen Cerrudo • April 6, 2020 • 448
After rallying together to to launch ‘Bayanihan para sa Batanes’, photographers are now selling pieces of their work to collect enough funds to help those affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
As of April 4, the contributions and donations for Bayanihan para sa Pilipinas have reached Php 57,400.
According to the group, their main goal is to be able to raise funds to help their fellowmen in times of calamities.
“We all know that a pandemic infection namely COVID-19 is affecting millions of lives all over the world. In the Philippines, the virus is spreading fast and our healthcare workers/frontliners lack the needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves,” the group said. AAC
A minimart store owner in Barangay Asin Road, Baguio City has been helping his neighbors cope with the lockdown through urban farming.
Due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) residents are finding it difficult to live normal lives. Schools are suspended, several establishments are closed and everyone is worried about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Bradley Robuza’s store is among the establishments in Baguio hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis. He said only few customers are buying from their mini store since the ECQ.
The public market is also too far from their area so they have no choice but to settle with buying pricey raw foods in the nearest market.
But despite the struggles, Bradely and his sister Rizelle Hernandez found a way to share kindness with the whole neighborhood amid the crisis.
They began urban farming in front of their store using used plastic bottles. For two weeks they planted tomatoes, cauliflower, pineapple and more. They were able to collect over 200 seedlings which they give away for free to customers and other residents.
“Since wala naman na pong gaanong bumibili po ngayon sa amin kaya may mga oras po kami mag-farm. Lugi negosyo pero okay lang po mai-share po namin ang biyaya ng Dios, (Since we only have a few customers we have time to farm.Our business is not doing good but it is okay because we can still share God’s blessing)
Rizelle said they are giving away the seedlings so they can also start planting raw foods in their homes. Urban farming can also be helpful in case the ECQ will be further extended.
“Libre naman po namin pinatubo kaya libre din po namin ipamimigay, (We farmed it for free so we will give it away for free),” she said.
Rizelle also said using plastic bottles also help in keeping the environment clean.
“Kaysa naman itapon namin iyong mga plastic bottles naisipan namin na diyan na lang namin itatanim para makabawas ng basura, (Instead of throwing out the plastic bottles, we thought we could use them for farming to lessen the litter),” she said.
More than 10 individuals have already benefited from their urban farm. Nelia Matuyog, a resident, is grateful for the free seedlings and said this is the right time to plant.
“May binigay din ang barangay kaya lang hindi kami nakaabot kaya thank you at meron [dito], (The barangay is also giving away [seedlings] but we were not able to get some so thank you for this),” she said. AAC
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