You can now find more affordable rice, vegetables, sugar, and other agricultural products at these Kadiwa ng Pasko markets!
In a report by the Office of the Press Secretary yesterday, the Kadiwa ng Pasko markets opened in several locations around the country.
The launch in Mandaluyong City attended by the Acting Agricultural Secretary and Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. was a simultaneous one that saw a total of 14 Kadiwa ng Pasko markets open to the public.
What can you expect to find in a Kadiwa ng Pasko market?
You’ll find prices of fruits, vegetables, rice, and even sugar at more affordable. This is because the products are bought by the government and then sold without the added costs usually added for transport, storage, and other expenses that make these products more expensive when sold.
That’s why you’ll find rice at P25 per kilo at the National Food Authority stall, sugar for P70 per kilo at the Sugar Regulatory Board stall, and carrots for P100 per kilo, tomatoes at P70 per kilo, green ice lettuce at P200 per kilo, and other fruits and vegetables at lowered prices at a Kadiwa ng Pasko market.
As of press time, here are the 11 areas in the metro (National Capital Region or NCR) and three elsewhere in the country where you can find a Kadiwa ng Pasko market:
The lowered price of rice is in line with President Marcos’ election promise to bring down rice prices to P20 per kilo.
“Palapit na tayo doon sa aking pangarap na mag-PHP20 pero dahan-dahan lang. Abutin din natin yan (We are almost there to reach our goal to reduce the price (of rice) to PHP20. But we have to take things slowly. We will be able to reach that goal),” President Marcos said.
Other Kadiwa projects
This wasn’t the first time a Kadiwa market opened in recent years. “Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita” or Kadiwa for short was first launched by the Department of Agriculture (DA) last September 2019 in Taguig City. It was during the pandemic when the first Kadiwa market opened inside the Department of Agriculture Training Institute along the Elliptical Road in Quezon City offering more affordable palengke staples.
Others like it soon opened elsewhere in the metro including Pateros, Quezon City, Caloocan, Taguig, Pasig, and Cainta. These were followed by mobile markets or Kadiwa on Wheels plus an online version of the store or e-Kadiwa. This is a revival of the original Kadiwa program that was launched back in 1980s.