In partnership with the Association of Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) and Unifrutti Tropical Philippines, Inc., the first to benefit the said Kadiwa market outlet are the workers of Unifrutti Shipping Group who are able to avail the farmers' produce from the far-flung areas in Davao City such as in the districts of Calinan, Marilog and Paquibato and the grocery and household items from a partner store.
DA-XI Regional Executive Director Ricardo M. Oñate, Jr. in his message during the launching ceremony said that the said initiative will benefit both the farmers and consumers.
"In the celebration of the National Labor Day, we want to highlight our GROW LOCAL, BUY LOCAL, EAT LOCAL campaign. We deliver safe and affordable food right at your doorsteps while providing market access to our farmers' produce in the hinterlands," said Oñate.
He added that thru the active partnership with the MAOs from the Davao City Agriculture Office and its partner coops, they are able to buy the farmers' produce right at their farms--cutting their transportation cost and increasing additional income.
Meanwhile, Unifrutti Shipping Group Head John Benito Jude S. Rabat has thanked the participating agencies for establishing the said Kadiwa market outlet in their area.
"We thank you for bringing these produce right at our doorstep. This would really benefit our workers here as they will not only save time and transportation cost in going to the market but avoiding the risk of contracting the virus--keeping our workforce healthy and safe," said Rabat.
The Kadiwa Diskwento Caravan will run every 15th and 30th of the month right after the employees receive their salary. DA-XI, DTI-XI and ALU-TUCP are now looking into establishing Kadiwa market outlets to other working establishments to serve more employees while providing more market doors for farmers' produce in the region. | via Celso Campos Vergara, RAFIS11
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