KADIWA (Kasama sa Diwa) retail stores offering fresh and cheap agricultural produce and staples were opened in Manila yesterday.
As he led the pilot launching of about Kadiwa stores at the inner court of the Manila City Hall, along with Manila tourism and cultural bureau chief Charlie Dungo and representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Mayor Isko Moreno thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for the help and concern for Manilans.
Time and again, Moreno had made pronouncements about his plans of reviving the Kadiwa store scheme which was introduced by then President Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Marcos.
‘Nung bata pakami, nauutusan ako ng nanay ko na bumili ng bigas sa Kadiwa. ‘Yung mga murang pangunahing bilihin, gusto ko maranasan din ito ng mga tao ngayon kung saan nabibigyan sila ng katipiran...malinis at sariwang gulay. Nagpapasalamat kami sa gobyerno ni Pangulong Duterte dahil sa pagbibigay halaga sa katayuan ng mga taga-Maynila lalo na ng mahihirap. Ang bawat sentimong matitipid ay malaking bagay sa kanila,’ Moreno said.
Dungo said the ‘farm to table tourism’ jointly introduced by the DA and the city government of Manila will see Kadiwa stores being rolled out in the city’s various barangay zones on a weekly basis while in City Hall, the said stores will be there two days every payday period.
‘Hindi lang tayo makakatipid malaking tulong din sa farmer-producer kasi nawawala na ang ‘middle man’. Ang gobyerno hindi naman para kumita kundi tumulong,’ Moreno said, as he encouraged Manilans to take advantage of the cheap products being sold there until the whole day today (October 15).
During Marcos’ time, Moreno said there were Kadiwa rolling stores where low-income families were able to buy goods at cheaper prices while enabling farmers to sell their crops at low costs due to the elimination of ‘middle men,’ who jack up prices.
Under the Kadiwa system, the government buys agricultural products directly from the producers and then sell these without profit.