Gov’t brings TienDA in military camps
The Department of Agriculture (DA), in partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), is setting up Farmers’ and Fisherfolk Outlet dubbed as “Tienda Para sa mga Bayani” in specific military camps to allow farmers and fisherfolk to directly sell their products to consumers, and provide soldiers and their families access to safe, quality and affordable food items.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, together with DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, recently led the launch of TienDA in Brgy. Tuburan, Mawab, Compostella Valley.
The Mawab TienDA was simultaneously launched with an outlet in Camp Panacan, Davao City.
In December, DA and DND agreed to establish TienDA in various military camps in the country with a total budget of P10 million. This is in line with the President’s directive to provide available and affordable food for all Filipinos.
Under TienDA, the unnecessary marketing layers, including the middlemen are removed. This step enables producers to maximize their profit and earn more. In effect, consumers can avail of cheaper agri-fishery produce at farm gate prices.
“In one of our cabinet meetings, I told Sec. Piñol to think of a better way to bring food to soldiers, instead of having them walked in the street and be killed by the NPA,” President Duterte said.
“This is a good project, TienDA is really for the poor,” he added