Gov’t considers barter trading scheme in Tawi-Tawi
President Rodrigo Duterte seconded the proposal of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to start a barter trading system in Tawi-Tawi.
“After so much confusion and sometimes deliberate misinterpretation of my earlier proposal to establish a Rice Trading Center in Tawitawi to stop rice smuggling and ensure supply in the ZAMBASULTA area, everything has been clarified by no less than President Rody Duterte himself,” Piñol said.
Duterte, to be specific, said he supports the re-establishment of the Barter Trading Center in Tawitawi and of bringing in rice from Sabah to supply the needs of the people in the islands provided it follows legal processes.
He also directed Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez to implement immediately the Barter Trade System in the southern islands where people have traditionally traded with their relatives in Sabah.