By Vina Medenilla

After a week of the community quarantine in Luzon and in several areas in Visayas and Mindanao, many Filipinos have been strongly affected as the month-long quarantine continues.

One group that is gravely affected by this pandemic is our local farmers. 

A social media post by Rural Women Advocates (RUWA) stated that in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, and Sorsogon, farmers cannot go to the fields anymore. This means they cannot harvest, sell, and transport to the markets due to quarantine and public transportation ban. Some of them work as construction workers or tricycle drivers on the side for their additional source of income but now they cannot do anything.

With this, supporting our local farmers and their families will ensure the country’s food security amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As a way to support them, RUWA is calling for cash donations for the peasant families in Cagayan, Sorsogon, and other provinces. 

Check the graphic below for more details:

Photo courtesy of Rural Women Advocates (RUWA).

Our frontliners in food security are fighting hard for their families and for the country despite this pandemic. It is important to support them in any way we can.