By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao 

A project implemented by Maritess Raboy of the University of Northern Philippines and funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquaction and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD), is set to distribute fresh and processed oyster mushrooms to COVID-19 affected communities in Region I. 

Entitled “Science-based Assistance in Response to COVID-19 Crisis through Distribution of Oyster Mushrooms to Affected Communities and Frontline Hospitals”, the project’s objective is to provide food for families and frontline hospitals. 

Rich in protein and essential amino acids, oyster mushrooms are said to aid in boosting one’s immune system.

In the meantime, the project is also seen to aid mushroom growers during the Luzon-wide lockdown by purchasing their products and distributing them to the nearest cities or towns.

The municipalities who will be the recipients of this project are Alilem, Sta. Catalina, Sta. Maria, Suyo, and Vigan City in Ilocos Sur; Alaminos, Anda, and Binmaley in Pangasinan; and Aringay in La Union. 

Local government units will oversee the distribution of the fresh and mushroom products to indigent families and frontline hospitals in the aforementioned municipalities. 

Distribution started on April 14 and will continue until June 13, 2020. 

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