The City Government of Manila, together with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa), has launched the “MinDa Tienda Goes to Manila” project that features local agri-fishery products, organic rice, and handicrafts made in Mindanao, which will be sold at the Kartilya ng Katipunan Park.
The MinDa Tienda event ran from October 23 to 25 at the Kartilya ng Katipunan Park, a statement from the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) said on Sunday.
This project showcases Mindanao culture through the selling of locally made products such as crafts, delicacies, products by Mindanao farmers, fisherfolks and suppliers at affordable prices.
“Ngayong araw po na ito ay isang napakahalagang araw para sa amin. Katuparan ng isang pangarap na sana po ay mapansin ang Mindanao,” Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Manny Piñol said in the statement.
Made possible with the City’s Bureau of Permits, Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila and Office of the Mayor Special Projects unit, MinDa Tienda also answers to the call of the national government for food sufficiency in the country amid the pandemic, as well as to contribute to peace and development of Mindanao.
With this project, not only will the Mindanao culture be showcased, but also affordable products will be brought to the City for the Manilenos, Pinol said.
“Ito’y buong kathang-isip ni Secretary Piñol dahil sa pagmamahal niya sa Mindanao. Siya ang pumunta sa amin, pilit na inilalako kayo na mga naparito, inilalako kayo ni Secretary Piñol. Gusto niyang dalhin, ma-introduce at muling mapaalala yung magagandang produkto na nanggaling sa Mindanao na makamit dito sa Lungsod ng Maynila,” Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said.
Domagoso and Piñol were joined by MinDa Assistant Secretary Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar; Mayor Judy C. Amante of Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte; Manila Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan; Manila councilors, department heads, Manila City Hall employees, and Association of Tourism Officers of the National Capital Region.