Candon City rolls ‘Market on Wheels’ program amid quarantine

CANDON CITY — The City Government of Candon brings the market closer to residents through its “Market on Wheels” program as part of the local government’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

City Mayor Ericson Singson, M.D. said the program was conceptualized to minimize movement of people in the city and to dissuade the public from flocking to the city’s market to curb the possible transmission of the COVID-19. 

The program also seeks to encourage consumers to patronize the local produce and to help the local farmers and producers sell their products while the entire Luzon is under the enhanced community quarantine.

The city’s “Market on Wheels” started to roll on Thursday, March 26 where a bus and a truck filled with wet market goods – such as meat, poultry, fish, fruits and vegetables – were deployed to serve the villages of Palacapac, Cubcubbuot, San Andres, Amguid, Santo Tomas and Allangigan Primero. 

Today, the mobile market also went to the barangays of Tamurong 1st, Tamurong 2nd, Salvador 2nd and Bugnay. 

While in operation, vendors and consumers are advised to wear face masks or any alternative face shields and to practice strict social distancing protocols as ordered by the authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

City Information Officer Leoncio Balbin said the “Market on Wheels” will cover all the 42 barangays in the city and the next schedule and destination of the program will be posted in the city’s official Facebook page.

To ease the burden of the residents, the city government also provides free shuttle services for the barangays and for front liners while mass public transport facilities are suspended.

Aside from these initiatives, City Mayor Singson also issued Executive Order No. 20 imposing a liquor ban in the city during the quarantine period.

Effective on March 25, the sale, distribution and consumption of intoxicating beverages such as beer, liquors, wines and the like are prohibited and shall remain in effect until the enhanced community quarantine is lifted. 

Aside from Candon City, more local government units in Ilocos Sur have imposed a liquor ban in their areas this week.

These include the municipalities of Banayoyo, San Emilio and San Vicente beginning on March 24; Cabugao, San Esteban and Santa Lucia starting on March 25; and Bantay which commenced this March 27.