Agriculture Secretary Francisco Tiu Laurel, Jr. today (December 19, 2023) acknowledged the sacrifice and hard work of long-time partners of the Kadiwa Program under the Department of Agriculture who remained steadfast in pursuing government’s mission to supply affordable, fresh and nutritious food to Filipinos.

Together with the DA family, Sec. Tiu Laurel also recognized the valuable contributions of local government units (LGUs) that continue to provide regular market hubs for the produce of local farmers and fishers. 

Aside from providing food producers a year-round market for their harvest at no extra cost, the agri chief said the Kadiwa program has established a strong, well-ordered collaboration with the National government, LGUs, and the communities they serve. 

“Today, we acknowledge the outstanding partnership and participation of the local governments of Quezon City, Las Piñas, Parañaque, and Muntinlupa City in the KADIWA Program,” Tiu Laurel stressed. 

He said the word ‘kadiwa’ implies a partnership between people of like mind. 

The agriculture chief added that LGUs have been generous and always ready to provide services to Filipino consumers, especially during the time when lockdowns were in place due to Covid-19. 

“The Kadiwa centers and the people that man them ensured adequate public access to food in many areas hard-hit by COVID 19, and risked their own health and safety by performing their duties at the height of the pandemic,” Sec. Tiu Laurel said. 

According to DA Assistant Secretary for Consumer Affairs Atty. Genevieve Velicaria-Guevarra, the Agri Department through the Agribusiness and Marketing Service has orchestrated over 1,887 KADIWA selling activities in Metro Manila since January. 

“These has opened 1,887 opportunities for Filipinos to access fresh, affordable, and delightful agri-fishery products directly from the hands of those who cultivated them: our dedicated farmers and fisherfolk,” she said.

The Kadiwa program is one of the flagship initiatives of the national government to ensure that there is sufficient food in all areas all the time. It is a marketing strategy which benefits both food producers, who may avail of free trading space for their produce, and consumers, who can purchase quality and nutritious food at low cost. ### (Adora D. Rodriguez, DA-AFID)