Abaca mask seller to donate 20% of their sales to the farmers in Catanduanes affected by super typhoon

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  • Catanduanes, the country’s top supplier of abaca fibers, has been severely hit by the super typhoon Rolly
  • An abaca face mask seller vowed to donate a portion of its sales to the farmers who are also the makers of the items
  • This is to extend help as many were left homeless and their source of living are gone

Statistics showed that super typhoon Rolly has damaged an estimated P600M in agriculture in Catanduanes to which P400M is attributed to abaca alone.

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According to Gov. Joseph Cua, its main agricultural product, abaca yields P150M a month. Now the farmers cry for help as they seek immediate assistance for them to recover the soonest.

Pagbabago PH is one of the sellers of abaca face masks made in Catanduanes, the abaca capital of the Philippines. It then made a move to contribute to the recovery of the face mask makers.

On its social media account, it said, “Thousands are now homeless and we, together with you, would like to extend our help.”

The seller of compostable plastic alternative products is sharing a portion of its sales to the people of Catanduanes.

“We are selling our abaca masks set for only Php 120 – 20% of the total proceeds will be donated to our fellow kababayans in Catanduanes, who by chance are the makers of our beautiful abaca masks.”

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Amid the quarantine, the abaca face mask has been tested by the Department of Science and Technology to have 7 times higher filtration rate than the cloth face mask. It is also washable and reusable making it a great sustainable and earth-friendly alternative to disposable face masks.

The Philippines supplies 85% of the global abaca demand. Among all the main producing regions in the country, Catanduanes remains to be the top source contributing 35% of the country’s supply. This means the aftermath of Rolly is going to affect our economy as well.

To those who would want to answer the call by Pagbabago PH and donate directly to our dear farmers, you can visit the link here to view the accounts where you can deposit funds.

The government as well has allotted financial assistance amounting to P592.4M as an indemnification fund for 32,761 farmers in the Bicol region.