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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, April 2, 2020

Order fresh produce online
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA
Shop for fresh vegetables and fruits in the comfort of your own home.

        The Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas and the provincial government of Negros Occidental have partnered with Eco-Agri Foundation and different delivery companies for this marketing initiative, that would allow residents to buy and eat fresh produce without leaving their homes, amid the enhanced community quarantine.

        The “Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita” market opened yesterday at the Negros Food Terminal Market in Barangay 12, Bacolod City.

        Residents can order the commodities through the Grab app, and other delivery platforms, such as the Maid in Bacolod, Tapao.ph Delivery, Juan Ride, and Tinderoo.

        Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said that since the movement of people is limited now, and there is a need to sell the fresh produce of the local farmers, the government came up with this marketing initiative to help his constituents.

        “I hope this strategy will be successful...our focus now is on how to address coronavirus disease 2019, but we can’t leave behind our other programs,” he said.

        He also said he is hoping that the initiative will continue beyond the ECQ.

        Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said, “What is unique about the Negrense Kadiwa in connecting production to the market is the use of digital marketing.”

        “We put up a market place for delivery system running on partner applications, not just individual sellers. It is also open for walk-in clients,” he said.

        Remelyn Recoter, DA Western Visayas director, said this mode of marketing will help the local farmers sell their produce and for the community under quarantine to buy fresh farm products.

        The DA Western Visayas will facilitate the delivery of surplus products from other provinces, as well as issue Food Lane Vehicle Pass and Inter-Agency Task Force ID cards to partner riders, she said.

        “The five delivery partners will order products to Kadiwa from their respective online applications. The Kadiwa personnel will immediately prepare the orders placed before the arrival of the delivery partner in the market,” she said.

        Consumers can order agricultural produce from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, while walk-in buyers will be accommodated as long as they observe proper protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19.*

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Payment clarified
for mask livelihood
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Bacolod City government clarified that the payment for the home-based sewers who will produce reusable face masks was only P10 for every piece sewn.

However, complaints reaching the DAILY STAR showed that sewers were told to sign a voucher that they received P20 as payment for the mask when they were only supposed to get P10.

When reached for reaction, Brenda Burdeos, project development officer IV of the City Cooperative and Livelihood Development Office, denied the allegation, adding that they are still preparing the materials to be given to the sewers.

She said sewers were not made to sign anything as work for the project has not yet started. “We are still cutting the clothing materials,” she said.

She said they are targeting to finish the first batch by April 14. She added that 150 to 200 sewers from the city have signed up for the program.

She said the payment for each mask was P10, but sewers who will shoulder the materials will get P20 per mask.

Sewers will be provided pre-cut materials, based on a design approved by the Department of Health.

The local government targets to produce 50,000 to 100,000 facial masks to be distributed to the city’s medical frontliners, health workers, emergency responders, quarantine centers, policemen at checkup points, those doing contact tracing, and other priority groups.

The program aims to augment the supply of commercially-sold masks that had run out in drug stores.*

 


City to launch mobile stores
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

To address the limited access to essential food and other supplies during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), the Bacolod City government through its Food Security Committee will launch its mobile stores, called “Sari-Sari Store on Wheels,” today.

Food Security Committee chair Maphilindo Polvora said the purpose of these mobile stores is to give access to local residents, especially the poor households, to buy their mfood and goods , during this quarantine period.

There will be scheduled trips in designated barangays, a press release from the Bacolod  City Government Center said.

The “Sari-Sari Store on Wheels” project is in partnership with the Liga ng mga Barangay, headed by Councilor Lady Gles Pallen, who is also the barangay captain of Taculing, it said.

Any barangay resident who has a Home Quarantine Pass (HQP) is allowed to buy at the mobile store, provided that the strict implementation of social distancing  is observed.

Massive buying of products is prohibited, as the buyer is entitled to buy goods for one household only, the press release said.

Meanwhile, the city government welcomes partnership with businessmen who would like to operate mobile stores, it added .

They should be legitimate business owners, with proper permits and licenses. Initial requirements include letter of intent and picture of a truck to be used as a mobile store.

Interested applicants  should submit accomplished forms to the Investment and Promotions Office or contact the Bacolod Business Development and Promotions Center (BBDPC) at 4608409, the press release said.*

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