Diary of Victor Buencamino

February 26, 1942

Purchasing campaign in the provinces is meeting with great difficulties. Not all mayors are cooperating. Some are aloof, haughty. Others are looking for personal gain. Many are indifferent.

Warehouses must be prepared to receive palay.

We need more sacks.

Scales are also lacking.

Transportation is a big problem. Must secure spare parts for trucks. Fuel is very limited.

My head aches. Too much worry. Must carry on with the rice purchases. Our men are at the mercy of bandits. They are not even armed. But we must get the rice. Our present stocks are depleting. We must have an adequate reserve.

We are battling against starvation.