A tribal community in the resort island of Boracay in the central Philippines has resorted to planting vegetables as its contribution in battling the effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a media briefing this week, members of the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization expressed solidarity with those most affected by the pandemic.
“They are now busy harvesting their vegetable,” said Sister Rio Dublin of the Sisters of Charity congregation who has been working with the tribe.
The government has earlier distributed lands to the tribe where they planted vegetables and other crops that they sell to visitors at a lower price.
After Boracay was closed to tourists in March, members of the tribe have been planting other crops to sustain the food needs of people on the island.
“They planted corn and other vegetables that they sell to the market for a cheaper price,” said Sister Dublin.
Boracay is a small island in the Philippines located approximately 315km south of Manila.
The island and its beaches have received awards from numerous travel publications and agencies.
Apart from its white sand beaches, Boracay is famous for being one of the world’s top destinations for relaxation.
In 2012, Boracay was awarded as the best island in the world from the international travel magazine Travel + Leisure.