Marcos pushes for revival of Kadiwa Stores to address high prices of goods

Bersyon sa Filipino.

To address the skyrocketing prices of basic goods and commodities and help farmers get the best prices for their crops, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos today pressed on the re-establishment of the Kadiwa Store system to help the Filipino consumers cope with the rising prices of commodities.

“Noon farm gate prices ang pagbenta ng bilihin, parang ikaw mismo ang bumili sa farmer na pinagkukuhanan sa ganung presyo,” Marcos said.

“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, eliminating also the middle men who force prices up.”

Marcos recommended that for prices to stay steady, the government should buy the goods when the supply is excessive and sell them when stocks are inadequate.

“Kailangan ang gobyerno kapag mura ang presyo ng bilihin ay dapat bumili na at kapag kulang ang ani ay magbitaw upang ang presyo ay ganun pa rin,” he pointed out.

He also scored the current system in government which is more focused on importation rather than giving priority to the needs of the farmers, “Iba na ang ginagawa kasi katulad ng NFA, imbes na pinag-aayos ang presyo ng bilihin ay panay na lang import. Kailangan na natin palitan yan.”

Marcos also emphasized the need to save the “dying” agricultural sector in the country in the face of the ASEAN integration, “Ang masasabi natin sa mga nakaraang taon ay naghihingalo na talaga ang agrikultural sector sa Pilipinas. Kailangan nating balikan ito at ayusin dahil ang mangyayari sa integration ay magtatanggal na ng import limit. Sa ngayon meron lang tayo hanggang ilang tonelada lang ang pwede i-import, pagdating ng Asean integration, tatanggalin na yun. Kailangan ihanda natin ang lahat ng sektor lalo na sa agrikultura,” Marcos concluded.

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