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Wednesday, July 24, 2024

DA expands KADIWA program, sets up more centers in Manila

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) is expanding its P29 rice program, adding three KADIWA centers in Metro Manila to the large-scale trial to reach more vulnerable households with affordable, good-quality rice.

Following a successful weekend kickoff in 10 KADIWA sites across Metro Manila and Bulacan, the program is now extending to Malabon, Navotas, and Nangka, Marikina. 

DA assistant secretary Genevieve Velicaria-Guevarra said the DA is also exploring additional sites in neighboring provinces before the end of July.

“We are learning valuable lessons from this trial, especially about demand, supply, and logistics. President Marcos’ vision is to maximize the benefits of this program for as many Filipinos as possible,” she added.

In addition to P29 rice, select KADIWA centers will also offer well-milled rice under the “Rice-for-All” program at prices below market rates.

Agriculture Secretary Francisco P. Tiu Laurel, Jr. has urged local government units to identify suitable sites for new KADIWA centers, further expanding the program’s reach.

KADIWA centers serve as rent-free marketplaces for farmers and producers to sell their goods directly to consumers at lower prices.

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