GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews / 20 March) – With the tourism-dependent local economy taking a beating from the impact of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, residents are now trying to rearrange their lives by returning to what had sustained them in years past – agriculture.
Over 40 hectares of idle land, mostly in remote areas in different villages, have been tilled and planted to okra, pechay, string beans, malunggay and sweet potato, among others.
Through his brainchild called “Hardin Ng Pagbabago” (Garden of Change), town police chief Capt. Vincent Wise Panuelos is helping the locals cope with the situation. But Panuelos admitted that even before the Covid-19 outbreak prices of agricultural products were already high amid a thriving tourism industry.