Fruits, veggie vendors prepare for 'Butchoy'

SOME vendors selling crops and agricultural products in Cebu City have prepared for bad weather, as Typhoon Butchoy entered the Philippine area of responsibility Tuesday afternoon.

Jose Masong Jr., a vegetable vendor in Carbon Public Market, Cebu City, said they import vegetables before typhoon's landfall.

"Kung moabot ang bagyo, andam na gyud, mao bitaw nag-stock mi daan ani kay mo mahal na kung moabot ang bagyo kay wala may dunggo," he said.

The price of vegetables and fruits are expected to increase due to the high demand and low supply especially during bad weather.

"Mosaka ang presyo kay kasagaran madaot man ang pananom sa bukid," another vendor, Leonor Gamboa, said. "Maminaw usa mi sa dagan sa panahon," she added.

Typhoon Butchoy, as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, was located at 1,325 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 170 kph.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration forecast Butchoy to move northwest at 30 kph.

The weather bureau said southwest monsoon is currently affecting the Visayas and southern Luzon. (Apple Jay P. Ortega, PIT intern/Sunnex)

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