Photo Courtesy || Gabino P. Ganggangan @ DSWD – CAR
I saw this on the Baguio City Facebook page and it is a must share to show the world of how compassionate and considerate Cordillerans are. At a time when the world is suffering from COVID-19 and everyone is worried about their lives and their loved ones, this is one bit of good news. Kudos to Sadanga people and their good Mayor, Gabino Ganggangan. The municipality of Sadanga does not depend on relief goods because of their rich culture and tradition of bayanihan spirit that is very much alive.
Read Full Statement Below.
A Public Notice
Today I was informed by our MSWDO (Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office) that some relief food packs sent by the DSWD region are now available at the PDRRM office in Bontoc for lgu’s that might be requesting.
However, I decided and instructed our MSWDO to relay our message that our municipality will not be availing of these food packs even if the lockdown will be extended.
It’s not that we don’t have poor and needy families but I believe that we as tribal communities still have and should sustain our “built-in” and homegrown or indigenous social structure, values, and practice of taking care of our respective relatives or kins, neighbors, or kailyan in distress during hard times or economic crisis.
It is during these kinds of economic hardships such as “food shortages”, hunger and famine that the “richer or better of” (kadangyans) among a clan or village are expected to aid their needy relatives by lending their surpluses.
Should this crisis extend longer to the extent that our needy families really run out of their rice supplies, we shall mandate the kadangyans of every barangay to open up their rice granaries (agamangs) to sustain us through to the next harvest season.
I assure that no family shall go hungry in our municipality even during these hard times.
Let the Nat’l Gov’t feed those more needy urban poors in the cities and those less fortunate in other areas who can’t sustain themselves, while we sustain ourselves while we can.
Again, I enjoin everyone to cooperate with our efforts to shield our municipality from this Covid 19.
Hon Gabino P Ganggangan
Sadanga, Mountain Province
One of the comments stated that the tribal communities have the value of savings while they can, handed down to them by their forefathers, reserving rice in the rice granaries. The harvest may be 5 years or back or more, some even reached more than 20 yrs and now they won’t go hungry.
The best comment I read is: This is an awakening to some people who are always dependent on the government in terms of foods, sometimes always blaming the government. Sounds familiar?
Sadanga is a model of sustainability, compassion, kindness, and prosperity that all communities should emulate.
To Sadanga and its mayor – Mabuhay and may your tribe increase.