After a successful launch in San Andres, Manila last week, the Department of Agriculture (DA) opened on Friday another outlet of its Tienda Malasakit Store in Quezon City.
Located at the DA’s compound along elliptical road, the Tienda Malasakit offers agricultural produce at farm gate prices.
Consumers promptly made a beeline for the rice stalls where commercial rice was being sold at p40 per kilo and NFA rice for P27 per kilo.
Shopper Lagrimas Flores was delighted with the DA’s initiative.
“Ang ganda ng ginawa nila.kasi lahat ng mabibili mo dito mura ng halaga simula sa isda prutas, lalo na sa bigas,” she said.
Other lower-priced goods include sugar at P48 per kilo; fruits and vegetables for up to P100 per kilo; and different types of fish such as bangus and tilapia, for not more than P150 per kilo.
The products are sold at a cheaper price because they are sourced directly from farmers in Central Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
A third Tienda Malasakit Store is set to open in Taguig City on October 13.
The initiative benefits not only consumers but also the vegetable farmers who supply Metro Manila.
“Ngayon medyo nabuhayan sila kasi andito na yung suporta ng gobyerno sa kanila… binigyan natin sila ng working capital na P20 million at saka bibigyan natin sila ng pautang. Tawag natin dito, production loan,” Region 10 OIC Regional Director Carlene Collado said.
More outlets are targeted to be opened in other areas of Metro Manila.
Meanwhile, the DA is continuously coordinating with local governments for the establishment of Tienda Malasakit stores in their respective localities. — Reynante Ponte
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