Benguet farmer donates 1,500 kilos of lettuce to community

Michelle Soriano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 01 2020 04:32 PM

Residents of Atok town, Benguet are free to take home lettuce donated by a farmer. PJ Haight

BAGUIO - A farmer in Atok town, Benguet donated 1,500 kilos of lettuce to his community due to a lack of buyers brought by the Luzon's month-long lockdown.

PJ Haight from Sayangan Village parked his truck filled with lettuce in public places so residents can take home his produce for free. He also donated some to the Baguio City government.

The Department of Agriculture in Cordillera said it was coordinating with local officials to make sure the flow of agricultural products remain unhampered.

Lettuce farmer PJ Haight donated 1,500 kilos of his produce to his community in Atok town, Benguet due to a lack of buyers brought by the Luzon lockdown. PJ Haight

“Kung merong mga hindi makabenta, inire-relay natin sa possible buyers sa Maynila. Yung maliliit na coop, tayo na rin mismo ang tumutulong sa kanila para madeliver nila sa Maynila,” DA-Cordillera regional executive director Cameron Odsey said.

(Those who can't sell, we relay them to buyers in Manila. We help small cooperatives deliver to Manila.)

The region exports 1 million kilograms of vegetables daily, he added.

Farmers in need and interested buyers can reach the agency through: 0999-994-5354, 0917-861-7197 and 0999-888-2865.