The Kadiwa Diskwento Caravan is in partnership with the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Unifrutti Philippines Inc. while the Kadiwa sa Marina Tuna is in partnership with Marina Tuna CEO Domingo Ang.
DA-XI AMAD will spearhead the conduct of these Kadiwa activities. Counterparts in the LGU will facilitate the local coops in buying the farmers' produce while Unifrutti and Marina Tuna will provide the venue to showcase the farmers produce to the target consumers.
"We want to make sure that farmers receive the assistance and support from the government, from the production phase up to the marketing of their produce. We can only achieve that thru farmer-centered and market-oriented programs and projects and strengthened partnerships," said DA-XI Regional Executive Director Ricardo Oñate, Jr.
He added that these will also benefit the consumers in the target areas to have access to safe, healthy and affordable food amidst the Covid-19 health emergency situation.
In a coordination meeting conducted today (April 22) with Marina Tuna CEO Domingo Ang, Davao City Agriculture Office's Calinan MAO Roy Cariño, Marilog MAO Januario Bentain, Paquibato MAO Roy Jaca, representatives from the AFP assigned in the area headed by AFP B.Gen Nolasco Mempin and PEACE 911, Oñate calls for collective actions for the success of the said programs.
"We have to ensure that we have the required volume of produce to sustain these Kadiwa markets and with that, we need you our active partners," said Oñate.
He added that DA-XI offers Kadiwa Grant to coops up to P5-million as capital for their venture, to purchase hauling trucks, facilities and equipment.
Meanwhile, DA-XI is also looking into the establishment of the Kadiwa sa Kalinaw, Gulayan sa Kampo and seed production areas with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to help in bridging the gap in the establishment of People Organizations' livelihood.
"With the help of our operations and research team, we are looking into establishing more agricultural and livelihood programs in Paquibato, Marilog, and Calinan to empower these farming communities to be more productive in support to the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC)," said Oñate. | via Celso Campos Vergara, RAFIS11