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You Can Get FREE Seeds So You Can Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden

The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) is giving these away.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) is giving away free vegetable seeds and seedlings so you can start growing your own vegetables. By planting your own veggies, you don't always have to rely on going to the ...

IATF Approves Additional P31-B To Increase Country's Food Sufficiency Level

This needs to be approved by President Duterte first.
The Department of Agriculture's (DA) request for a P31-billion budget to fund the "Plant, Plant, Plant Program", which has been approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF). This program helps to increase the Philippines' food ...

Cebu Pacific Adds Additional Cargo Flights To Bring Food Products From General Santos City

The cargo flights include seafood and vegetables from General Santos City.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Cebu Pacific Air chartered additional cargo flights from General Santos City bound for Manila to ship food products such as fresh seafood and vegetables.Eduardo Cueto, the manager of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, said that Cebu Pacific ...

Kadiwa Market And Mobile Palengkes Open In QC

More avenues for people to get veggies and fruits from the farmers!
A total of 7 “mobile palengkes” and a Kadiwa market opened in Quezon City on March 26, Thursday. According to a report by ABS-CBN News, Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar said this project is set to assist farmers sell their harvest. The ...

DILG Told LGUs To Lift 'Window Hours' For Buying Food And Supplies

It goes against the national government's policy.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año told local government units to remove "window hours" for going to the grocery and market to buy food and supplies. He said this goes against the national government's call for physical distancing because this will ...

We Have Enough Rice For The Country During The Quarantine, Says Department Of Agriculture

Supplies are good until June.
"The Philippines has enough rice for the next four months," says Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William D. Dar. In a post on the Department of Agriculture official website dated March 25,  the statement said, “We expect no shortage of (rice) during the duration ...

Ifugao Farmers Forced To Dispose Tons Of Carrots Due To Oversupply

There is an oversupply of lettuce and strawberries, too.
Farmers from Ifugao disposed of their freshly-harvested carrots as they struggle to sell their produce to buyers due to oversupply.In a Facebook post by agribusiness platform Tagani, it says, "Amid the Luzon lockdown, carrots were forcedly disposed by farmers from Ifugao. They were not ...

There Are Now "Mobile Palengkes" In Pasig City

Good job, Pasigueños!
The Pasig City local government has set up several "mobile palengkes", to minimize the crowds at the Pasig Mega Market and other wet markets in the city.As posted on Vico Sotto's official Facebook page, the launch of the mobile palengke aims to help lessen ...

San Miguel Corporation Reassures Public "There Is Enough Food For Everyone"

SMC shares their daily food production statistics.
The San Miguel Corporation (SMC), one of the largest companies in the Philippines, wants to reassure Filipinos that there is enough food for everyone. SMC's food manufacturing facilities will continue its everyday operations that can produce the following per day:Fresh meats: 1.96 million kilograms of ...

DTI Says No Panic Buying Allowed: Here Are The Number Of Basic Goods You Can Buy In Groceries

DTI's new memorandum sets limits on items per buyer or transaction.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released Memorandum Circular No. 20-07, a memorandum circular, regarding anti-hoarding and anti-panic-buying. This memorandum dated March 19, details the limitations on how many basic goods each person can buy. Section 5 of the memorandum states the following products for sale ...

LIST: A Directory Of Food Delivery Hotlines

Food delivery services will remain its operations during the "enhanced community quarantine."
With the whole of Luzon on enhanced community quarantine, mall-based establishments and even food delivery services like GrabFood and Foodpanda have suspended its services until further notice. The establishments that remain open are ones that offer basic needs, such as groceries, food ...

GrabFood And Foodpanda Suspends Food Delivery Services

No delivery services until further notice.
UPDATE as of March 17, 2020, 3p.m.: GrabFood and Foodpanda resume operations in Metro Manila.In line with the President's declaration of the "enhanced community quarantine" in Luzon, GrabFood and Foodpanda have suspended their food delivery services today, March 17, until further notice.In a Facebook ...

Some Good News: Local Supermarkets Are Implementing "Social Distancing"

Going to the groceries soon?
A lot has happened during the past few days in the Philippines: there's the announcement of the month-long "community quarantine" in Metro Manila and local government units have started to implement the recommendatory curfew (from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.) amidst the rising cases ...

Grocery Shoppers, SM Supermalls Recently Adjusted Their Mall Hours

Know the new schedule if you need to do your groceries or if you plan to eat out.
UPDATE as of March 14: SM Supermalls has adjusted their mall hours from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. starting March 15, 2020. SM Supermarkets, SM Hypermarkets, and Savemore located in the malls will also be open during these new mall hours while the stand-alone ...

What Happens To Metro Manila's Food Supply And Supermarkets During The Community Quarantine?

More detailed guidelines are yet to follow.
The Department of Trade and Industry clarifies that Metro Manila can still import goods from neighboring cities and provinces to sustain the supply in Metro Manila. This statement by the DTI undersecretary, Ruth Castelo, was prompted by the announcement of President Rodrigo Duterte ...

DTI Imposes Nationwide Price Freeze On Basic Goods: Meat, Instant Noodles + More

The price freeze will last for sixty days.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced a nationwide price freeze on basic necessities on March 11.What prompted the nationwide price freeze was Proclamation No. 922 that puts the Philippines under a State of Public Health Emergency amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease ...

You Can Buy More Vegetables Straight From The Farmers This Weekend

The veggie drop-off has a new location in Quezon City!
Last weekend, The Veggie Drop-Off held their second weekend market at the Old Manila Eco Market site at Luneta, Manila and at the Quezon City Memorial Circle where thousands of patient customers waited in line to score fairly-priced fresh produce from Filipino ...

Buy Local Veggies From This Market Where All The Proceeds Go To The Farmers

Add this to your weekend plans.
Supporting local is a movement that we should apply in all aspects of our lives, and this certainly applies to buying locally-grown produce to help our farmers. After all, agriculture is the backbone of our economy.If you want to help our farmers, The ...

You Can Help Benguet Farmers By Buying Their Produce At This Weekend Market

Let’s support local!
Looking for ways to support local farmers? Thanks to communities like Old Manila Eco Mart, we can easily support Filipino farmers without going out to the provinces.Old Manila Eco Mart is a weekend market that makes it easier for Metro Manila residents to ...

P7 For A Kilo of Cabbage: Ifugao Farmers Are Struggling to Sell Their Crop

There's no answer as to why prices have gone so low.
Vegetables are expensive. Here in Metro Manila, buying a kilo of cabbage at the supermarket could cost you up to P106, based on the latest survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority—and don't even get us started on the luxury known as broccoli. But in ...
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