Monthly Archives: June 2020


By Jocelle Batapa-Sigue

Initial Process: Identify and and empower key stakeholders to come together and ideate an initial recovery mission plan based on available resources, data, time and targets.

Three major areas – HEALTH, ECONOMY and SECURITY

Strenghten and Fortify Public Health Data and Delivery System to detect, isolate, treat, and trace accross all sectors using innovation and digital platforms.

Migrate all government transactions to digital to push private sector to follow

Restore, digitalize, innovate and assist sectors and industries in adapting to “new normal” and recovering from the adverse impacts of the pandemic.


Increase relevant infrastructure capacities like Internet, hospitals, mobile clinics

Upskill Frontliners and Essential Goods Sector Workers and Upscale Social Benefits and Protection

Create Regional Public Health Data and Delivery Clusters for faster systems to detect, test, trace and treat


Open up, develop and support jobs and industries and all skilling program triggered by “new normal”

Implement a national social impact investment program for private sector to co-work with government in rebuilding the country

Create and develop value chain clusters among provinces for agriculture, food supply and essential goods


Create more virtual spaces for community-use such virtual classrooms, clinics, markets

Map out the whole transport and logistical capacity of the country for effective mechanisms to allow flow of goods and people without possibility of transmission

Develop community bayanihan systems to avoid hunger and criminalities

Video: On A Recovery Mission: Into The Light

The Positive Lessons You Can Teach Your Children From Bartering

JUNE 3, 2020

Bacolod Barter Community – The Positive Lessons You Can Teach Your Children From Bartering

Its always better to give than to receive. – Erma Calopez

Barter with kindness and not with the price of your items. – Bain Elemental

“One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure” – Azrael Lopez

Not be Demanding for dealing – Cris Cristian

Be contented – Joy Decastro

Sharing to those who needed the most. – Oshiro Keiko

Give without expecting. – Bandiola Faith Grace

Barter is Spreading kindness. We are letting go some memorable things that we do not use. and for make them to be useful. share them to others who see that the thing will be useful for them..
– Rinkashikimo Kutemeikito Rinkamikishashikakiji

Nothing and no one is useless kay big or small may value gid na and a place in somebody’s heart. #barterwithKindnessandaPurpose – Angelie Angie

Sharing is caring. – Jenny Gumban

“God loves a cheerful giver.” Kung pwede lang ihatag, ihatag nalang sa ga kinanglan bisan wala baylo – MD TG

We are all rich and at the same time, we are all poor. – Iliana Esereth

My twins (6 years old) have learned more the art of sharing, patience and acceptance. Sharing because they get to share their unused stuff (clothes, toys, books) to those who need it; patience because they have to wait for the replies from the owners of the things they want to barter with; and acceptance because they deal with the rejections when our offers don’t get picked. Above all, it is the simple joy of giving and receiving without looking at its monetary value. It’s priceless to see the excitement and smiles on their faces, even just for a pack of Yakult or a bag of chips (much more when it is for a toy or a book!) Us adults could learn a lot from these kiddos! – Carol Ann DelaCruz-Historiador

Helping the world heal through kindness and compassion while being environmentally-friendly at the same time. – Blanche Denise Fernandez

Makontento kung anong bagay ang natatanggap mo. At tumulong ng walang hinihinging kapalit
– Apol Apol Apol

Joy, thankful& Happiness. – Thamiea Banguis Castanares

NO ITEMS ARE WASTED. Things not useful to you is useful to others…. and you develop more kindness and appreciate more the attitude of sharing and giving which is more important than taking. – November Amie Cascolan Vargas

Give and take with love and a cause and purpose. Be a blessing to others who are in need. – Teiluj Sarsis Galang

Just teach them the kindness if makita sng mga kids nga ga help ka without any expectations in return they will mark in their minds until they grew up and for sure they will do it also. – Lanie Gaitan Garcia

When you received something more than what you expect, pay it forward. – Anji Fort Port

It is in giving that we receive. Pay it forward. – Janz Tamba

A gift of value is more important than the price. – Emong Bepost

May mga bagay na may kaunting halaga sayo ngunit maaring magbigay ng lubos na kaligayahan sa iba. Importance of things depend on the person that values it. Learn to value and share
– Indiano Odeirrac

Sharing is caring especially to the needy.- Marilyn Caña Carampatana

Another person’s junk can be another person’s treasure. – Wu Jun Jiang

Giving smile to them, meet new friends, happiness by giving and contentment. – Miel Lorenzo Basanes

The values of sharing and generosity brings forth kindness, love and service beyond self while touching the lives of not even the ones in need but people of the community. – Emz Flores

Barter reveals the true value of goods based on needs of different people. And that is the very essence of things we should look at it based on our need. – Siong de la Cruz

It’s not about the price..just share wat u have. – Lara Clemente

It’s better to give than receive. – Myrel Cayao

Bartering has taught my children the value of sharing what you have without expecting the same value in return. – Jess Dia Libs

God blessed you to be a blessing. – Joanne U. Griffen

Our kids learn to choose a more sustainable and productive hobby because of their father’s hobby of herbs growing flow a lot of stuff and wonderful experiences for everything you sow, you shall reap! – Prezel Pacina- Ursal

Kindness to share our valuable things we cherish to person in need also. Happy seeing people smile trading stuffs. It is not d value or the price but the thought itself. – Andromeda Watson

It’s not so much about the things we acquire through bartering, but the beautiful story which has been built behind it. Things will soon outlive their monetary value, yet the experiences that embellished our hearts will bear fruit in our lives—becomes the values-pattern of the next generation.- Rodnel Ryan Mariefe Macaya

Giving the best without expecting too much in return. – Mary Michelle Montebon

That it’s ok to let go of the things that once matter to us.. same as letting go of hatred and failures. – Lybe Quillas Carlos

To value relationships. To respect people regardless of their looks or status in life. To never judge or belittle someone. – Alexander Walker

The idea of letting go something for someone’s better use and freely give more to someone other than self. – Judith Rosacena Mirasol

Money is not the basis of a true wealth, it is the value of every little things you have we shared and enjoyed.- Jo Lemz

Old but Gold. – Michael Toledano

Kindness, value small things. – Ceniza Cequina Garcia

Kindness and they will know or understand that there are things that are not important to them but to others it is their needs. Better to give than to receive. – Jeanne Dangco Erebaren

I don’t have a child yet but if ever, the greatest lesson I can teach my future children about bartering is that the things you may have but you do not need is a dream for someone to have. Sharing is a fulfillment in the heart that cannot be compared. – Ara Mae Quirante Garcero

Love tungod kun may ara ka gugma naga follow na lang na sa imo maayo nga binuhatan sa pareho mo nga tawo. – Sharon Fuentebella

Always be a little kinder than necessary. – Rubi Alvarez

Teaching my children the value of sharing. – May-ann Biocon Calosa Patricio

Sharing is caring. – Franz Arthur

Positivity.Happiness.TouchLives.TouchHearts.BeAGiver. – Rhonalyn Guerrero

The art of letting go. – Regina Gico -Derramas

Kindness, the art of letting go, it’s not the value but the act of sharing and seeing another person happy. – Z Ahnna Lee Tiapz

Understanding our basic need, and that sometimes it is okay to give than to receive. – Arvin Gee

The value of Kindness and generosity. The value of buying & keeping only what is essential because time will come you will have to let go of those that don’t matter anymore, to let go of what no longer matters to give way for new things to come!- Shella Pabon

To make someone or Family happy. – Eleulyn Durando Borenes

Love sharing and always thank you to God. – Albia Panes Jennifer

That material returns aren’t always the reason we barter but also to give what others need more than we do. – Joan Briones

Giving and sharing part of good works that can praise God through his goodness kag sa mga nahimo nya nga kaayo sa aton kabuhi” – Maria Mae Tacsagon Garbanzos

Always gid paminsaron mangin maalwan sa isig ka pareho. Kay sa diri nga kalibutan Wala man sang kwarta kag pigado indi na hadlang para maka bulig ka sa imo pareho. Kag permi gd paminsaron nga ang Ginoo gatamod sa aton Adlaw adlaw kung ano na himo mo nga maayo sa sini nga kalibutan paga bugayan ka sa langit sang subra subra. – Katrina Mercurio

Touch lives, be kind and the art of letting go. – Juaymay Rojo

The value of a thing is nothing than the happiness of someone giving and sharing is more  important than the quantity and quality of a thing .- Angelica Mana-ay Pactao

“It is in sharing that we receive.” – Jose Stanley B. Mendoza

Bartering can create friendship and showing care even if you didn’t know each other. – Regz Badilla

Your trash…my treasure. – Raquel Lecia Lacson-Torrento

Bartering is a generous way to feel the needy ones. helping one another to make the  relationship united even we did not know each other till we become close at heart.- Felma Templado

Lesson of desiring less. – Meddie Arbolado, Jr.

Barter is just like Marketing…a human activity to satisfy needs and wants through exchange processes, however, no money involve. It’s a unique marketing practice upheld by our very our own early maharlikans in origin before the colonization by the Spaniards in 1521. – Alto J. Torres

Be happy all the time. – Shoobing Rotsap

Letting go so someone can make use of it.- Monida Jp Estrella

Kindness and thoughtfulness. – Lito Gepaya

Happiness does not have a price. – Avril Elaine Gamboa – Sabio

May mga bagay nga kinanglan e let go. – Augustus Eustace Rex

Sharing. -Sarj Acilac

Keeping and taking care of kids things that we don’t know others would appreciate even to the least value can be of help to others. Sharing is all that matters. -Yap Pang

Bartering so as to let go of the past with no regrets -Ate Peach

We can share our things with love and joy. – Erlinda Geroy Ymalay

Honesty and friendship. – Nicole Holm

It’s not the price of the items worth its how you make someone happy. Share kindness. – Chez S. Chi Gellecano

Needs (life and health) versus wants (expensive things). – Kiel Ziah

The barter system, the art of letting go, and the beauty of genuine kindness. – Lilianne Irene Yap

The practice of minimalism – to keep only things that spark joy. – Joyce Gonzaga-Solinap

The happiness of sharing without much expectation. “ better to give than to receive”. – Bambi Macaron Yudelmo

Barter with kindness. – Mab Asiain

Sincerity and caring to other people’s need. – Elisa Yap Casipe

My only child learned how to be persistent .He did not bothered to ask for new shoes but instead bartered his old things to have the shoes he wanted.- Sheryl Profeta Alinar

I will teach my little one that it’s not always about money. Attitude, Character is more important and money and blessing just comes along if you have the right character and skills.
Always be good to others, never judge anyone, because you never know what they are going through. And that you can never go wrong with kindness. Also, not every day you win but as long as you won’t give up on what you want, one day you will reach your goals and dreams.
And to have a generous heart to help others even if you are consider as one of the poorest of the poor. They is always something that you can offer to the world. – Cherzie Gales-Francisco

Honesty, integrity and compassion. – SnookAnn Tan

It’s better to give than to receive. – Yvonne Garrucho

That,s why, we have to spread kindness. Don’t value the items that we are bartering, instead it’s just like giving them for d benifit of our bbc group thru barter. – Angelo Torrecampo

Yong binibigyan mo ng halaga ang pangangailangan ng iba. – Jolly Lavado

That when you give, give wholeheartedly . -Zilla Rozzi Javier



By Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, Juris Doctor, Founder, Global Barter Communities (May 17, 2020) and Bacolod Barter Community (May 8, 2020)


Section 1. The Global Barter Communities (GBC) envisions a world where kindness is without borders and humanity is defined by the extent with which every race can help one another to survive the global impact of the pandemic and adapt to the “new normal”.  We stand in solidarity as different barter communities established by local stakeholders in common mission to promote barter as part of our way of life as Filipinos.

Section 2. We will strive to establish and redefine the traditional barter system as a new norm of helping one another and shall not in any way promote commercialism and materialism but positive values such as generosity, determination, honesty, patience, integrity, gender sensitivity, equality and ecological awareness.  We commit to promote these values as the cornerstones of our respective barter communities.

Section 3. Barter is exchanging goods and services based on the mutual and voluntary decision of two persons. It is not selling, for the goods or services are not exchanged based on price but value. It is not also donating for the good are not given without anything in exchange. The price of the item or service is never equal but the happiness and feeling of satisfaction should be equal. We commit to encourage the members of our community to embrace these values.

Section 4. The barter communities shall serve as platforms for people to meet and agree to exchange goods. It shall not interfere, intervene, force or influence any individual to enter into any barter agreement. The barter agreement ensuing from the barter communities shall be the responsibility of members involved therein.  

Section 5. The barter communities shall not promote, endorse nor encourage any act that is against laws, morals, public order and public policy and shall immediately cease or refrain from any activity that it may later on become aware to be against laws, morals, public order and public policy.


Section 1. Barter communities which adopted the rules started by the Bacolod Barter Community on May 8, 2020 shall be accepted and recognized as affiliates of the Global Barter Communities. Our goal is to ensure the highest standard of character and reputation of all the founders in their respective areas. Interaction between all the communities and community founders shall be one of solidarity, honor, respect and mutual benefit.

Section 2. There is no fee or consideration to affiliate except the full commitment of the founders to devote time and talent to managing a healthy barter community. Any barter community that manifestly digresses from the values of the Global Barter Communities may be disaffiliated, subject to due process.

Section 3. No affiliate shall grant any recognition in behalf of the Global Barter Communities at will.


Section 1. The barter community is a private group where our medium of exchange consist of items and/or services – No cash or any equivalent of cash shall be allowed to be requested or offered. Strictly no buying or selling in this group.

Section 2. Only members using their name and details and are willing to abide with group rules shall be admitted. Any member proven to be violating any rule shall be removed automatically.

Section 3. Post the item you want to exchange with anyone subject to approval of moderators. Each community shall enlist the help of professionals of good standing in the community as volunteers subject to a commitment not to disclose all data belonging to the community. Character references may be requested from volunteer moderators.

Section 4. The barter community shall only approve posts with the following conditions:

  1. Must have name or full description of item
  2. Must have reason of Barter
  3. Must be accompanied with decent pictures
  4. Must not contain price
  5. Must contain a generic description of the items they want in exchange

Section 5. The following posts shall be declined automatically:

  1. Illegal, expired, indecent or defective items
  2. Posts which asks for cash or private message as mode of offer
  3. Posts that are for the purpose of selling or promoting products
  4. Dogs and cats, birds and fishes, wild animals and all animal subject to permits but not limited thereto, except livestock or animal for food and gaming
  5. All items subject to extraction or production permits such as gravel, charcoal and honey thereto depending on the ruling of local agencies in the area
  6. All drugs requiring prescription and similar items
  7. All items that require titles or paper before transfer can be made effective except for items of small value or under a mechanism to ensure existence of proper titles
  8. All items that are subject to company direct selling restrictions
  9. N95 or high-grade masks, airsoft, guns, weapons and indecent pictures that are flagged by FB community standards
  10. Vape and other items with pending prohibitory laws
  11. All posts without pictures and captions or with indecent pictures and captions
  12. All posts aimed at ridiculing or humiliating any member or individual or a sector
  13. All other posts asking for the above items in exchange for their bartered items
  14. All posts that does not indicate the requirements for in Rule 4 (Name or full description of item, Reason of Barter, Decent and true pictures, must not contain price and must contain a basic or general description of the items they want in exchange)
  15. All other items that may be restricted by law and agencies in the future 

Section 6. Then other members can offer an item and you can choose which one you like from the ones offered. No member shall be allowed to send via private message his or her offer or shall offer cash. No one shall offer cash or force anyone to accept any offer. No indecent or vulgar offer is allowed. The Page shall not be liable for your own choice.

Section 7. The offers can go on in the thread until the one who posted selects from the thread by replying DEAL to the choice and restating the goods exchange. The Page shall not be responsible for your exchange. Everyone is assumed to have entered to the agreement with sound mind and freedom. By entering into a “deal”, both parties are said to have had a meeting of the minds to enter into a barter agreement.

  1. Once the choice has been made the barter is now deemed completed. Both parties must agree by expressly stating DEAL. No one is allowed to steal any closed deal. No one is allowed to offer anything to take what is being offered in another thread.
  2. No one shall be forced to make a choice immediately. Anyone badgering a member to make a choice shall be removed. A member can also delete his post if he has not found any offers he want, unless he has already made a deal. However, a member who consistently post without choosing an offer, shall be subject for removal. Admin shall also exercise right to remove unresponsive posts after a minimum of 3 days since posting to give way to new posts.
  • Members are encouraged to barter food, ingredients, edibles, beauty products or toiletries and other essentials. No harmful, unlawful, expired, indecent or unlicensed items please. Please report any post which are suspicious and unlawful or any misrepresentations.
  • Then members may use delivery systems or other arrangements that you agree on mutually. Please keep numbers, delivery addresses and other personal information secure. Discuss delivery arrangements in private messages.
  • Strictly no minors allowed. Each member shall be responsible and consenting adults dealing with one another in good faith. It is presumed that all the one bartering possess full ownership and right of disposal of the items being bartered.
  • Once exchange is complete, please edit your post and indicate Barter Completed, Done, Completed or Closed. The member is advised to mute commenting on his post. The member can delete his post once exchange is made or even after deal is closed at your convenience. Admin reserves right to delete post after the consummation of barter.
  • The Page will not be liable or responsible for transactions between parties in this page. No fees shall be collected for posting or participation in this page.
  • All members shall support to help keep the group fun, dynamic, useful and inspiring in this time of pandemic.

Section 8. The communities may also allow other types of posts such “looking for” and promotions posts but must have all the mechanics of bartering still apply.


Section 1.  The founder of the community is ideally the Administrator of the community. He or she should be of good moral character and good standing in the community and must have visible means of income or profession.

Section 2. The Moderators shall also be persons of good standing in the community, preferably a college graduate or a professional. Before a moderator is admitted, he or she must be requested to email the Administrator of his or her desire to do volunteer work without compensation, and must clearly state his or her commitment not to disclose, misuse or arrogate upon as his or her own any and all data that belongs to the group page. Any leak of information to personal data of all members shall be considered a breach that requires the removal of the moderator.

Section 3. The moderator shall submit at least two names and contact details of prominent individuals as character references.

Section 4. All Administrators and Moderators shall be motivated at all times by civic spirit or the “bayanihan spirit” and innovation in building and maintaining the community instead or business and personal interest so as not to affect the vision of the community.

Section 5. The Administrator shall manage the group in a spirit of collaboration and consensus and must seek to resolve all problems and conflicts in a positive way. The growth and development of the community shall be higher than individual differences.


Section 1. The barter community shall serve as a platform for people to come to “a meeting of the minds” to exchange goods and services. But it shall not interfere with transactions in the barter posts and will have no responsibility over the mutual decisions and arrangements of two consenting adult parties, except for the purpose of ensuring that the proper mechanics are followed. Towards this end, the Administrator shall regularly issue announcements, reminders, tips and advisory to keep the members informed. Lack of information may result to breakdown of compliance.

Section 2. The Administrator shall create platforms for members to easily report and suggest improvements as well help police the community. Here are some of the suggested grounds to report for purposes of blocking and removing a member:

  1. Asked or demand cash in private message or during meetup
    1. Deliver wrong, fake or insufficient item as agreed
    1. Insulting a member or an item and exhibiting rude or indecent behavior on comments
    1. Suddenly just cancelled completed deal for no valid reason
    1. Misrepresented an item to be working but is actually defective
    1. Spreading and commenting negative vibes in the threads about members and about the page
    1. Demanding to be chosen and badgering member in PM to be chosen despite a close deal
    1. Stealing an offer or offering something to a member who is offering in a post (suhot)
    1. Unreasonably arguing with or putting to shame or inciting other to put to shame any or all group administrators or moderators and similar actions

Section 3. The Administrator shall constantly create activities to help motivate the members and be virtually engaged, by documenting success stories, creating polls, developing daily challenges for members to participate in.


Section 1. The founders of a barter community shall continuously connect with various founders to exchange best practices and learn from one another. They must also keep abreast with laws and policies to improve their respective communities. Activities that allow various communities to collaborate are highly encouraged.

Section 2. The barter community may undertake programs to raise funds for the community or prizes and resources for programs and activities but not for the monetary gain of any founder, unless the same is an authorized and recognized work related to the management of the community, subject to proper accounting procedures.


Section 1. This handbook belongs to the Global Barter Communities and shall not be in anyway duplicated without proper authority, including any and all materials shared by members, unless authorized by creators. Any use or duplication or any part of this handbook shall be actionable in court.


Section 1 – The governing laws for barter agreements are found in the Civil Code of the Philippines, specifically Book IV, as follows:

Art. 1954. A contract whereby one person transfers ownership on non-fungible things to another with the obligation of the part of the latter to give things of the same kind, quality and quantity shall be considered as barter.


Art. 1638. By the contract of barter or exchange one of the parties binds himself to give one thing in consideration of the other’s promise to give another thing.

Art. 1639. If one of the contracting parties, having received the thing promised him in barter, should prove that it did not belong to the person who gave it, he cannot be compelled to deliver that which he offered in exchange, but he shall be entitled to damages.

Art. 1640. One who loses by eviction the thing received in barter may recover that which he gave in exchange with a right to damages, or he may only demand an indemnity for damages. However, he can only make use of the right to recover the thing which he has delivered while the same remains in the possession of the other party, and without prejudice to the rights acquired in good faith in the meantime by a third person.

Art. 1641. As to all matters not specifically provided for in this Title, barter shall be governed by the provisions of the preceding Title relating to sales.


Section 1 – This manual shall be adopted voluntarily by communities joining as affiliates of the Global Barter Community and shall not be in anyway forced upon. However, any community maybe disaffiliated for conducting its operations in contravention of the vision, mission and core value of the GBC.

May 17, 2020. Bacolod City, Philippines.

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Agusan del Sur Barter Community
Aklan Barter Community
Alfonso Cavite Barter Community
Angeles City Barter Community
Arezzo Place Pasig Barter Community
Australia Barter Community
Bacolod Barter Community
Bago CIty Barter Community/Barter Me, Bago City
Baguio City Barter Community
Bahrain Barter Community
Bahrain Barter Society
Baler Aurora-Makati-Quezon City Barter Community
Barotac Viejo/Banate-Iloilo Barter Society
Barter Community Bataan
Barter and Dive
Batangas Barter Community
Baylo ta – Kalibo Barter Community
BF Homes Barter Community (Paranaque)
BFRV Barter Group
Bicol Barter Community
Binalbagan Barter Community
Biñan Barter Community
Borongan City Barter Community
Bogo City Barter Community
Brgy. Tabunan Barter Community
Bukidnon Barter Community
Bulacan Barter Community
Butuan City Barter Community (BCBC)
CAA Barter Community – Las Pinas
Cabuyao Barter Community
Cainta Barter Community
Calauan Laguna Barter Community
Calbayog Barter Community
Calinog Barter Community
Camalig First Barter Community
Camanava Barter Community
Cambodia Barter Community
Candoni Barter Community
Canlaon Barter Community
Carabalan Barter Community
Carmona Barter Community
Cauayan City Isabela Barter Community
Cauayan Barter Community Negros Occidental
Cavite Barter Community
Cebu City Barter Community
Concepcion Tarlac Barter Community
Davao Barter Community
Dubai Barter Community
Duero Barter Community
Dumaguete Barter Community
EB Magalona Barter Community
Filipino Barter Community in NZ
First Cavite Barter/Trade/Exchange items Community
General Trias Cavite Barter Community
Gibraltar Barter Community
Greenheights Village Barter Community
Himamaylan Barter Community
Hinobaan Barter Community
Ifugao Barter Community
Iloilo Barter Society
Iloilo City Barter Community
Isabelenos Swap/Barter Community
Jamindan Barter Community
Japan Barter Community
Kapalong Barter Community
Kuwait Barter Community
La Carlota Barter Community
La Castellana Barter Society
La Trinidad Barter Community
Laguna Barter Community
Lancaster Barter Community
Landayan Barter Community
Lapu Lapu City Barter Community
Las Piñas Barter Community
Las Piñas City Barter Community
Launion Barter Community
Leon Barter Community
Ligao Barter Community
Lipenos Barter Community
Los Baños Barter Community
Mabinay Barter Community
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Makati Barter Community
Malasiqui Barter Community
Malolos Barter Community
Malta Filipino Barter Community
Mandaluyong Barter Community
Manila Barter Community
Mansilingan Barter Community
Maragusan Barter Community
Marikina, Antipolo, & Rizal areas Barter Community
MBA (Manjuyod, Bindoy, Ayungon) Barter Community
Merville Barter Community
Metro Manila Barter Community (MMBC)
Moises Padilla Barter Community
Montalban Barter Community
Montalban Barter Community Official
Moscow Filipino Barter Society
Murcia Barter Community
Nasugbu-Lian Barter Community
Navotas Barter Community
Negros Barter Community
North Caloocan Barter Community
First Ormoc Barter Community
Oton Barter Community
Palo Barter Community
Paranaque Barter Society
Parang Marikina Barter Community
Pateros- Taguig Barter Community
Pontevedra Barter Community
Pulupandan Barter Community
Qatar Barter Community
Qatar Filipino Barter Community
Quezon City Barter Community
Quezon Province Official Barter Community
Rinconada Barter Community
Riyadh Barter Community
Rizal Barter Community
Roxas Barter Community
San Carlos City Barter Community
San Enrique Barter Community (Barteran sa Pueblo de Tinobagan)
San Jose Del Monte – Online Barter Community
San Jose del Monte City Barter Community
San Lorenzo South Sub. Barter
San Pedro Barter Community laguna
SantaBayaBas Barter Community
Silay City Barter Community
Silang Barter Community
Silaynon Barter Community and Abu Dhabi City Barter Community
Sipalay City Barter Community
Sixth District Negros Occidental Barter Community
Sogod Barter Community
Sta Rosa Laguna Barter Community
Sta. Cruz Barter Community (A province of Laguna)
Sum-ag Barter Community
Swap UP! Barter Community
Tacloban Barter Community
Tagum Barter Community (Official)
Tagum Barter Community
Tandag City Barter Community
Talisay Barter Community
Talisay Barter Community
Tampilisan Barter Community
Tayabas Barter community
Toboso Barter Community
Tubungan Barter Community
Tuguegaro Barter Community
Tunasan Barter Community
UPLB Barter Community
Valladolid Barter Community
Vallehermoso Barter Community
Victorias Barter Community
Xevera Bacolor Barter Community
Zambales Barter Community

Digital Barter: Kindness without borders

An idea whose time has come again. The barter trade dates back to more than 6000 BC but today mode than 8000 years later, it has become part of what the pandemic-stricken world calls as New Normal.

Last March 15, 2020, Bacolod City was among the cities in the Philippines that was covered by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). Only selected individuals were given quarantine passes while the rest of the city, with a population of more than half a million, stays at home. This got me into thinking how the rest of us can get what we need without going through the long lines of in the grocery stores during limited hours. The pains of financial losses also started to seep in workers, who are mostly daily-wage earners lost opportunities of earning money.   

When lockdown restrictions happened, I knew I won’t be able to stay still and just watch the events unfold without doing anything. Every day, I find myself sitting in front of my computer taking stock of all the ideas inside my head, which we tag as innovation, and which I call as simply doing new things to get new results.

My mind was running fast as I regularly post on Facebook, share on Viber and WhatsApp groups about ideas that I discuss with startups and other innovators. Digital registration and payments for social amelioration program (SAP) beneficiaries to avoid queuing, mobile boticas especially for senior citizens, vegetable (utan) community kitchen instead of simply distributing sardines, contact tracing applications, eHealth solutions, farm to table solutions, and reviving the barter system.

The UN WHO COVID Response Badges

When I saw the United Nations COVID19 Response badges in April when I joibed the TalentHouse Design Contest – the orange badge caught my attention – #SpreadKindness. For weeks, I was depressed not being someone who’s in the frontlines. But I told myself, maybe – there is a way I can earn myself at least one badge. And I knew the easiest was #SpreadKindness.

One by one, I saw my ideas fusing with other startups who thought of the same ideas. Despite being in quarantine, I felt useful simply by just listening to these startups and providing them with advise and suggestions, and helping promote their applications. The whole quarantine period has made me busier than in normal times.

Of the ideas I have, I was able to start a page for laws and circulars called “Natty” in honor of Natividad Almeda-Lopez, the first woman lawyer in the Philippines. In a smaller scale, I and my husband who cooks “utan” quite well, started “Utan4All”, which as of today already shared “utan” for 28 days to poor communities. I acted as mentor to a startup project called, an online medical consultation website which now has more than thirty volunteer doctors in Bacolod. Every day I create designs for my ideas and for various organizations.

On May 8, 2020, around 3 o’clock in the afternoon, I finally felt exasperated about not even having the simple pleasure of choosing toiletries for myself and would simply list what I needed for my husband twice a week grocery trip.  Then it crossed my mind to personally start a group to revive the barter system – and called it BACOLOD BARTER COMMUNITY. I never had any name in my mind except that and never changed the group name to this day. Community is the important word for me. Humbly speaking, it never occured to me at that time that May 8, 2020 is going to be historic.

I invited around twenty friends and they also invited more. I posted my first item – an extra liquid eyeliner which I haven’t opened because I didn’t like the color.  When I went to check that night, a friend already offered to exchange vegetables and fruits for it. I cannot explain my happiness – that something that I don’t use now produced something I can actually enjoy.

The next day, it grew to a thousand, on its 27th day, the Bacolod Barter Community, now popularly know as BBC has more than 195,000 members.

A whole lechon in exchange for anything other than food, large orchid plants for a sack of rice to be given to a poor senior citizen, or a refrigerator for a COVID-19 testing center in exchange for a Red Cross pin, or a bowl of “aratiles for happy hormones” in exchange for a branded cologne. These are just some of the bartered items at BBC.

The pandemic has triggered a mode of exchange of good and services that existed some 6000 BC to surface again. The barter system which was started by the Mesopotamian tribes, Phoenicians and Babylonians some eight thousand years ago has now been resurrected with a more meaningful dimension, triggering the Filipino “Bayanihan” spirit of giving.

Just when the country’s economy faces a potential collapse, Bacolodnons started to show the world that money is not everything.  As councilor of Bacolod for nine years and an advocate for information and communications technology (ICT), I have always championed the use of social media for good. With thousands of Facebook followers and more the than fifty pages and groups that I manage of Facebook, I thought about starting a page where people can exchange goods without using money. Initially, I designed the group page only for women so we can exchange cosmetics and personal items.

In trade, barter is defined as system of exchange where participants in a transaction directly exchange goods or services for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange, such as money.

But this traditional activity has become more inspiring today since there is a need to create innovative solutions to the adverse effects of the quarantine.  I am particularly inspired to see members letting go of expensive bags, perfumes, and other personal items in exchange for sacks of rice, sardines, noodles, milk, used foams and blankets for poor families.

A second-hand Ford Ecosport, microwave ovens, industrial coffee makers, electric fans, television sets, sacks of rice and trays of eggs, orchids and large potted plants, garden soil, branded clothes, bags and perfumes, cakes and dishes, signature watches and shoes, cosmetics and toiletries, infant formula, baby cribs and toys, books and paintings, jewelries, guitars, chandeliers, and dog food are just some of the items being exchanged at the Bacolod Barter Community.

I am inspired to see people finding what they need from other members like seafood, a can of Spam or corned beef, large water containers, used bicycles, electric mixers, seedlings, art materials and even cravings for “aratiles”.  

The mechanics I set for the page was simple. Using my lawyer’s lens, I just had to seal the so-called “meeting of the minds” in contracts with two parties saying “deal”. The medium of exchange are items and no cash is allowed. Buying or selling is strictly prohibited. Members can post pictures of the item they want to barter with its details or description and estimated worth. Initially, members can also mention the things they want or are looking for in exchange for the items they posted. But now, we discourage this practice.

Then other members can comment in the thread, particularly to ask questions or to offer an item. The process continues until the owner of the item chooses from the thread. Once the choice has been made the barter is now deemed completed and both parties are asked to shout out “deal”.

Once exchange is completed, the members are requested to edit their post and indicate that the barter is completed, done, or closed.

Initially, the page encourages food, ingredients, edibles, beauty products or toiletries, but after a week, it has become a source of a variety of items. No harmful, unlawful, expired, indecent or unlicensed items are allowed, and members are immediately asked to report posts that violate rules or appear suspicious, illegal, or bearing any misrepresentation. Now the list is continously growing.

The parties then agree in the thread for the exchange or delivery arrangements. Members are encouraged to keep their contact numbers, delivery addresses and other personal information secure and discuss delivery arrangements in private messages.

Strictly no minors are allowed in the page. Each member shall be responsible as consenting adults dealing with one another in good faith. It is presumed that all the items being bartered are owned or can be rightfully disposed by the person bartering them off. Members are also required to fully disclose the correct class, grade, model, state, or quality of the items.

As part of the mechanics, I encourage the members to keep the page fun, dynamic, useful, and inspiring in this time of pandemic. Every day, we have challenges to keep the members engaged and aligned to the vision.

The first week of the community page drew so much attention that private and public sector leaders and citizens of other cities and municipalities in the Province of Negros Occidental started to permission to copy the format. Today, more than a a hundred cities and provinces around the country have already started their own barter community page.

A few days after I opened the Bacolod Barter Community, I also started Global Barter Communities so I can help other communities and we can share best practices. Here are some of the communities whose founders reached out and joined our best practices community. The list is actually growing each day. I am sure I am missing many cover photos in the gallery.

Manila Barter Community Founder Shumate Royo conceptualized the initail cover photo design and tagline: Commecting Communities Through Bartering.

Therea are also many other barter communities which chose to use their own cover photo designs as well as many other which reached out after they have established their ow Facebook groups.

We have a founders community group to serve as platform for sharing best practices. Here are excerpts of our barter manual:

VISION: The Global Barter Communities (GBC) envisions a world where kindness is without borders and humanity is define by the extend with which every race can help one another to survive the global impact of the pandemic and adopt to the “new normal”.  We stand in solidarity as different barter communities established by local stakeholders in common mission to promote barter as part of our way of life as Filipinos.

MISSION: We will strive to establish and redefine the traditional barter system as a new norm of helping one another and shall not in anyway promote commercialism and materialism but positive values such as generosity, determination, honesty, patience, integrity, gender sensitivity, equality and ecological awareness.  We commit to promote these values as the cornerstones of our respective barter communities.

CORE VALUE: Barter is exchanging goods and services based on the mutual and voluntary decision of two persons. It is not selling, for the good are not exchange based on price but value. It is not also donating for the good are not given without anything in exchange. It The price of the item or service is never equal but the happiness and feeling of satisfaction should be equal. We commit to encourage the members of our community to embrace these values.

Although money is the standard and most effective means of economic exchange, but these are not normal times and there is limited mobility of people, services and goods, and the lockdown restrictions affected many families, even those in the middle class. 

Economists since the times of Adam Smith, known as the Father of Modern Economy in the 1700s believe that pre-modern societies engaged in barter before using money as means to exchange goods and services. Eventually, due to the inefficiency of barter due to the “double coincidence of wants” or that both parties need to have what the other wants, the use of money came about.

Barter is said to have been replaced by the monetary system because there is no common measure of value in barter and certain goods are indivisible to serve as a unit of another good which is worth more than what the person wants to obtain. There also is a lack of standards for deferred payments, and difficulty in storing wealth, hence modern society found it impractical.

Today, modern barter and trade is said to have evolved considerably to become an effective method of increasing sales, conserving cash, moving inventory, and making use of excess production capacity for businesses around the world. Barter has taken on a new meaning amidst the pandemic. It has become a platform for people to find what they need and to let go of things that they do not need anymore. It helps the environment by making sure that things are used and not just wasted. It also allows members to raise resources using items so they can give out to communities in need.

The Digital Age have greatly boosted humanitarian advocacies today, allowing people to create more meaningful impact to their communities in the face of global crisis with the “Bayanihan” spirit. 

Because the pandemic has no borders, the coronavirus has claimed millions of lives around the world. But kindness, too has no borders. Let us #SpreadKindness to save millions of life.