The Las Pinas City government has signed an agreement with the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the launching of the Enhanced Kadiwa Inclusive Food Supply Chain Program to ensure food availability and accessibility amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Imelda Aguilar said under the agreement, the DA will provide financial grant assistance to participating eligible organizations and local government units to enhance their capacities in value-adding activities in the food supply chains from aggregation, processing, packing, store, warehousing and transport to distribution. Joel E. Zurbano
She added the project description under the agreement shall focus on the implementation of two Kadiwa Stores in the city where the project aims to enable selected market vendors to have funds for the renovation and improvement of the stores
In support to the project, the DA shall give funds to the city which shall be granted to the Pagsasarali Talipapa Multi-purpose Cooperative and the Las Piñas Meat Dealers Association where both organizations will receive P1 million each.
The agreement states that DA’s obligation through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service or AMAS shall provide financial grant tothe city in the amount of P2 million to be funded under Market Development Services of 2021 General Appropriation Act 11518.
Vice-Mayor April Aguilar said the DA’s financial grant’s fund will be used for the implementation of the “Enhanced Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Financial Grant Assistance Program” to be released in full accordance with the approved project proposal as well as the work and financial
plan contained in the agreement.
The vice-mayor added that the funding assistance coming from the DA may be released in full or in tranches depending on the nature and the need of the project.