SAYING Filipinos should not suffer again from the hunger they experienced when the pandemic first hit the country two years ago, presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is pushing for the permanent establishment of “Kadiwa” rolling stores in every barangay throughout the country.
The former senator thinks a Kadiwa store should be present in every barangay since it is effective in helping consumers buy basic necessities like food products at lower prices compared to those sold in regular markets and stores.
“Maganda na bumalik ito dahil effective ito at maraming natutulungan [It is good to return this permanently because it’s been proven effective and helps many people],” the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer said.
The Department of Agriculture revived last year the Kadiwa program, an original brainchild of former First Lady Imelda Marcos, following a spike in prices of basic food products due to lockdowns implemented to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Marcos has been recommending that the government support local farmers and buy goods from them as they can sell the products at lower prices.
“The Kadiwa system enabled the public to buy goods at cheaper rates and the farmers to sell their crops without having to worry about transportation costs,” he said.
He said, mostly in Filipino, that “the supply held by the government can be sold cheap to the people. Rolling stores can make this accessible to wherever there are customers.”
He added, “The government is not a business, so they can pass on any essential product—rice, palay, corn—to consumers without looking to derive any profit,” he said.
Marcos thanked the Duterte government for returning the program that started during the administration of his father, former President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
However, he said the program’s implementation, including the operation in the Food Terminal Inc., can still be improved, to ensure that enough supply of local products will consistently reach the citizens.
He explained that the government can help save the agriculture sector already suffering even before the pandemic crisis through this program.
Assisting the agriculture sector will result in job generation, increased production, and food supply security initiatives of the government, he noted.
Marcos also encouraged Filipinos to support local farmers and their products, as it is most needed now that the country is slowly recovering from the pandemic.