Government agencies came together on Monday to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) aimed at institutionalizing and sustaining the Kadiwa ng Pangulo (KNP) program at the local level.
The ceremonial signing took place at the Provincial Capitol of San Fernando, Pampanga, and was witnessed by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.
Collaboration Key to Ensuring Affordable Food Distribution, Says President Marcos
President Marcos emphasized the significance of collaboration between the national and local governments to ensure the distribution of affordable food.
He highlighted the importance of working together, not only among various national government agencies and departments but also with the local government.
Kadiwa Program Facilitates Direct Sale of Produce, Boosts Income for Local Producers
The Kadiwa program is a farm-to-consumer market chain that eliminates intermediaries, enabling local producers to sell their produce directly to consumers and generate higher income. This initiative supports local farmers and enhances their livelihood opportunities.
Multiple Government Agencies Enter into MOA for KNP
The MOA on the KNP was signed by several government agencies, including the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Presidential Communications Office, and Presidential Management Staff.
These agencies join forces to facilitate the successful implementation of the KNP.
Roles of Leading and Co-convening Agencies Outlined in MOA
According to the agreement, the Department of Agriculture (DA) will serve as the lead convenor of KNP operations, while the DTI, DOLE, and DILG will serve as co-convenors. This collaboration ensures coordinated efforts and effective management of the program.
Expansion of Kadiwa Outlets Nationwide
As of June 16 this year, there are 342 Kadiwa outlets spread across the country. This expansion of outlets contributes to increased accessibility for consumers and provides more opportunities for local producers to sell their goods directly.
President Marcos Stresses Agricultural Development for Sustainable Kadiwa Program
During the event, President Marcos emphasized the need to boost agricultural production in order to sustain the Kadiwa program and maintain affordable prices of basic commodities that benefit consumers. He underscored the importance of support from various sectors to achieve this goal.
Enhancing Grain, Fish, and Livestock Production
President Marcos highlighted the ongoing efforts of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and other government agencies to enhance grain and fish production.
Additionally, they are actively seeking solutions to address diseases that affect the livestock and poultry industries.
Minimizing Fish Spoilage through Cold Storage Facilities
To prevent spoilage and ensure quality, the government is establishing cold storage facilities in coastal areas.
President Marcos mentioned that spoilage can reach up to 20 to 30 percent, making these facilities crucial for reducing wastage and preserving the freshness of fish.
Identifying and Developing Fishing Grounds
The government is closely monitoring fishing grounds with the potential for development to increase fish production.
By identifying these areas, appropriate measures can be taken to enhance productivity in the fishery sector, contributing to a stable supply of fish for consumers.
In summary, the signing of the MOA to institutionalize the Kadiwa ng Pangulo program at the local level signifies a collaborative effort between government agencies to promote sustainable agricultural practices, support local producers, and ensure affordable food prices for consumers.
President Marcos emphasized the need for cooperation between the national and local governments to achieve these goals, highlighting ongoing initiatives to boost agricultural production and address challenges in the industry.
The expansion of Kadiwa outlets across the country and the implementation of measures such as cold storage facilities and fishing ground development demonstrates the government’s commitment to enhancing the Kadiwa program and securing the food supply chain.