TACLOBAN CITY -- Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos yesterday recommended to the government the revival of the Kadiwa market system in order to help farmers get the best prices for their produce and control the soaring prices of commodities.
Marcos made the proposal during the signing of the historic pact between the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats headed by Leyte 1st District congressional candidate Martin Romualdez, Tingog Sinirangan party-list group and the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) regional party of President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio at the Tacloban City Convention Center.
The Kadiwa market outlet was successfully implemented during the time of the late President Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s. It primarily catered to depressed areas, selling staple food items and groceries at markedly reduced prices to ease the plight of poor households.
She said the revival of Kadiwa should be one of the top programs of government to help poor families, especially those living below the poverty line, cope with rising prices.
“Sana ibalik natin yung ginagawa natin na Kadiwa stores na ang Kadiwa at ang NFA, ginagawa ang trabaho niya na namimili sa local tapos ibinebenta sa mahihirap,” Marcos said.
Currently, Marcos said that Ilocos Norte is enjoying low prices of rice which they kept between P27 to P32 per kilo due to the buying system they are implementing.
“Dahil nga sa nakikialam ang aming pamahalaan na mapanatiling mababa ang presyo. Sa mahihirap, ang pagkain ay umaabot ng 60% ng income. Masyadong malaking dagok sa kanilang income kapag hindi talaga natutulungan,” the governor said.
“Syempre (ako) GI (genuine Ilokano) so mainit ang ulo kapagka mataas ang presyo at tunay nga na yung ating mga pangunahing bilihin eh napakatataas na,” she added.
She explained that in order for their local farmers to sell their palays to the NFA who is only giving P17 per kilo, the provincial government through their own funds shells out a certain amount to rival the prevailing buying price of P28 per kilo by traders.
“Ako direktamente kapag may pera pa, ako mismo as the province, bibili ako mismo sa aming traders at maski palay, binibili na namin ng mababang halaga sa P22 o maski sa P5. Tulong na sa farmers tapos diretso naming ibibigay din sa mismong mga consumers, tulong na rin sa consumers,” Marcos added.
Marcos also insisted that the government doesn’t need to earn but must find solutions when prices of common goods such as rice are shooting up which are happening in Ilocos Norte.