LAOAG CITY — A Tinguian tribe in the third-class municipality of Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte is making its own bread to feed the community for free during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

For a month now since the Ilocos Norte government declared an inter-city and municipality total lockdown, town officials led by Mayor Aldrin Garvida and wife, Vice Mayor Carolyn decided to put their own local bakery shop so that their constituents will no longer need to travel by far to have access of basic commodities including their supply of bakery products.

Village chief Jondie Bayudan of Barangay Sto. Niño, who is a baker himself, said the Garvida family used their personal money to put up the bakery near the town’s eco-tourism natural park, one of the town’s tourism initiative to attract tourists in the area.

With three helpers from the village, Bayudan said he is able to consume two sacks of flour daily for pandesal (salt bread) and bun making.

Bayudan and his three helpers wake up early every day to ensure that their local front-liners have hot bread and coffee on the table when manning a border checkpoint.

The other produce goes to households, delivered right onto doorsteps as roaming around is strictly prohibited during the ECQ.

Located in the southeastern part of Ilocos Norte, the municipality, with more than 9,500 people, is inhabited mostly by indigenous peoples (IPs) particularly the Tinguians aside from the Itnegs.

As of April 17, Ilocos Norte’s recorded probable individuals have been reduced to 172 while a total of 11,530 individuals have completed their self-quarantine.

After the recovery of two Covid-19 confirmed cases, no new cases have been reported so far for the past 16 days. (PNA)

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