26 Jun TRENDING: Kagay-anons Resort to Bartering System to Get Basic Necessities During Pandemic
It was in January 2020 when the very first confirmed case of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was reported in the Philippines.
Now, it has reached 33,069 with 1,212 deaths (as of this writing). Alarming as it is, but the national government is doing their best in containing the spread of the said virus.
As citizens of this country, we are tasked to follow the health and safety protocols set by the authorities such as staying at home and the like. Seems easy, right? However, not all of us can afford to just stay at home and do nothing due to the lack of basic resources, especially in areas that are placed under quarantine or lockdown.
The government might have already distributed financial assistance or food donations. But we know that such help is still not enough. Talk about the poorest of the poor.
Good news is that due to this pandemic, people were able to think of many ways on how to cope up with the new normal.
One is through a “bartering system”.
ICYDK, the barter system existed long before money was invested. It is an efficient way to get items or availing services without the use of money, as it only requires other items or services in exchange.
Definitely an easy way to make transactions, however, one must know the value of their items to make the exchange fair.
Here in the city of Cagayan de Oro, where it experienced all forms of community quarantine, and is currently under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), Kagay-anons are getting hooked to such type of deals. Here are a few proof from Facebook:
Garden plants for some frozen products? Why not! These are just some of the many barter transactions that were done within the city. If you try to search for the barter community in CDO, you can really see that such a system is getting the hype, especially at this time of pandemic.
It greatly helps in decluttering unused items, making new space for items that are much more needed. Also, it helps those that don’t have enough money to buy basic necessities.
Another positive thing about bartering is the camaraderie it builds. Friendship is created among those that regularly exchange goods, which is a good thing as it encourages honesty and loyalty.
What a system to help many Kagay-anons adapt through the new normal.
Are you into this trend mga higala?