DA-10 in partnership with 4ID launches the Tienda/Kadiwa para sa mga Bayani for farmers and fisherfolk to directly sell their product to soldiers and their respective families, and other nearby camp residents at reasonable prices.
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To directly link farmer-producers and suppliers to the market, the Department of Agriculture – 10 (DA-10) in partnership with the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army launched the Tienda/Kadiwa para sa mga Bayani on December 1 at Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City.
DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado turned over the Tienda/Kadiwa outlet to Col Michele B Anayron Jr MNSA (INF) PA, Assistant Division Commander for Retirees Reservist Affairs, 4th ID, PA on behalf of MGEN Andres C Centino, PA, Commander, 4ID.
The outlet amounting to P500,000 has an area of 20 square meters with the following components: building at P280,000; equipment (P170,000 composed of freezer, chiller, weighing scale, and cash register); and a capital of P50,000 funded by the DA.
Kadiwa or Katuwang sa Diwa at Gawa para sa Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita aimed to establish and create an alternative market outlet for farmers, especially those with lesser access to commercial markets, while providing increased accessibility to affordable fresh, safe, and nutritious farm products to consumers.
Collado shared, “In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this partnership will give another opportunity for the farmers to become more productive.”
He added, the partnership with the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, in various undertakings has resulted in the promotion of the welfare of soldiers and their families.
This strategy provides an alternative market outlet for the residents of the 4ID, and one of the prime projects of the department in response to the declaration of Pres. Duterte, one of DA’s moral obligation is to make food available for every Filipino.
The institutionalization of Tienda/Kadiwa para sa mga Bayani will sustain the benefits derived by armed forces servicemen therefrom in the form of fresh and low-priced farm produce and aqua-marine products.
“Tienda para sa mga Bayani is strategically designed to lessen the cases of our soldier senselessly killed by the NPA while at the same time, a market scheme to provide farmers, fisherfolk and livestock raisers to sell their products directly to the consumers at farm gate price – a win-win partnership on both ends,” MGEN Centino’s message delivered by Col Anayron, during the launching.
He concluded that agriculture remains the primary backbone of the economy amidst the pandemic.
The Tienda/Kadiwa para sa mga Bayani is regularly open every Fridays and Saturdays at the 4ID.#(ATCabig)