Benguet Farmers Successfully Transport 25 Tons of Produce to the City of Manila

Apr 14, 2020

Benguet farmers transport 25 tons of produce for indigent families of Manila.

BENGUET – 25-Tons of upland vegetables from Tublay and other nearby municipalities of Benguet Province for donation to indigent families of the City of Manila through Caritas Manila were successfully transported to Pandacan, Manila recently amidst COVID-19 trucking problems faced by the Department of Agriculture and the Local Government of Tublay.

More than 5,000 vegetable relief packs from three farmer’s groups composed of more than 190 farmers, were sponsored by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) earmarked for distribution by Caritas Manila as part of efforts to ease the plight of indigent Manila communities during this pandemic.

The shipment was made against a backdrop of plunging vegetable prices in the Benguet vegetable trading posts, as usual traders have found it increasingly difficult to navigate the trucking demands as a result of the Enhanced Community Quarantine along trading routes.


Department of Agriculture (DA), Regional Field Office in the Cordillera Administrative Region officer-in- charge Cameron Odsey said: “In this time of emergency, vegetable farmers are facing difficulties in marketing their produce at fair prices because of reduced supply requirements to NCR and other areas due to bottlenecks in the transport system brought about by the emergency situation. We in the DA have taken steps to help our farmers in various ways, including linking their associations to direct buyers and providing transport assistance.”

He further said that he is thankful to private corporations who have partnered with the Department of Agriculture and the Municipal Government of Tublay Benguet for making Benguet to Manila runs possible.

“The sourcing of two trucks and manpower by WorkLink Services, Inc. of Chelsea Logistics, and fuel and service from Phoenix Petroleum through coordination with Udenna Foundation is helping the Department of Agriculture respond to the needs of these farmers in light of the limitations posed by the situation and the availability of trucks by the DA for this purpose,” added Odsey.


The Department of Agriculture immediately made steps to link Udenna Foundation with the Municipality of Tublay Benguet to finalize arrangements for the delivery. “When PBSP finalized their order to us, we were very happy to have found direct buyers of our produce at a good price, and also for a good cause. However, our farmers still faced difficulties in shipping their products to Manila due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine,” said Jeffrey Sotero, Municipal Agriculturist of Tublay, Benguet.

Sotero further exclaimed, “Our farmers would not be paid if the vegetables are not delivered. Luckily, we found Udenna Foundation who together with WorkLink, and Phoenix Petroleum were willing to help transport the produce free-of-charge, we in the Municipal Government, together with the farmers felt much relief, comfort and gratitude.”

When asked about their recent efforts, WorkLink Services, Inc. President, Mr. Dexter Silva said, “We were very much encouraged by our experience a few weeks ago when we were able to bring 2,000 kilos of vegetables relief packs to the City of Malabon so when we heard about the plight of the Benguet farmers, we knew we had to help out.”


Henry Fadullon, Phoenix Chief Operating Officer added, “When we were advised by Udenna Foundation that 25-tons of vegetables from the farmers in Benguet had to find its way to the City of Manila, we again believed that Udenna companies can serve as a critical bridge between the anxious farmers needing to deliver their highly perishable goods and the people in NCR, especially the indigent needing assurance that fresh food is readily available even during troubled times.”


Udenna Foundation is constantly working with and coordinating with the farmers in Northern and Southern Luzon through the Department of Agriculture and concerned NGOs to provide logistics services to ensure the free flow of fresh produce during the COVID-19 pandemic under the UCARE or CommUnity Care program of the Foundation.


UCARE or CommUnity Care is a program of Udenna Foundation that aims to find synergies across the different companies under UDENNA to feed, protect, and transport the community. This call to action is hinged on Udenna Corporation Chairman Dennis Uy’s belief that all efforts, no matter how small, done together can lead to better lives for the Filipino.

About Udenna Foundation Community Care

CommUnity Care is an initiative by the Udenna Foundation to unite all community assistance initiatives of UDENNA companies to focus on providing service to the Filipino people especially in challenging times. 

The CommUnity Care harnesses the strength of each UDENNA company to maximize all efforts and resources to feed, protect, and transport our community in the belief that all efforts, no matter how small can lead to better lives for the Filipino.

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