MAKATI City Mayor Abby Binay has announced the holding of a day-long ‘Market Day’ in the city’s two congressional districts to help ease the impact of rising inflation on residents.
In a statement, the mayor said the project is a partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) under its Producer-2-Consumer (P2C) Market Program and the local Economic Enterprises Management Office (EEMO).
The department’s P2C Market Program was launched last September 28, 2018 at the Makati City Hall Quadrangle. DTI officials who were present included Usec. Ruth Castelo of the DTI Consumer Protection Group, Director Domingo Tolentino, and Asst. Director Ferdinand Manfoste.
Castelo said the P2C program aims to make products that are cheaper than the SRP (suggested retail price) accessible to consumers by removing the middle man or the traders in the supply chain.
Venue of the forthcoming activity for the residents in the first district is the La Paz Covered Court on October 23 and, at the Comembo Covered Court for district 2 residents on the following day, October 24.
The mayor added she was inspired to expand the coverage of the program after a 3-day ‘Rice Caravan’ they held from October 9 to October 11 also in partnership with the DTI and the National Food Authority (NFA) drew “hundreds of residents” coming from the villages of West Rembo, Pio del Pilar and Rizal.
“The initial rice caravan we held in the three barangays last week drew hordes of residents and we sold out 300 sacks of rice in record time.
“In response to the growing number of requests we received through social media, we are now aiming to bring more basic food products within reach of Makati residents,” Mayor Abby said.
Felly Pasiwagan, 43, a resident of West Rembo, said the rice caravan was beneficial, especially to residents who can only afford to buy low-priced rice, and praised the mayor for directly engaging residents in the barangays.