Pork producers thank DA for enabling continuous food supply

Published April 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By MB Online

The Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines, Inc. (ProPork) on Tuesday thanked the Department of Agriculture (DA) for its assistance in enabling their sector to continue providing adequate food supply amid the enhanced community quarantine.

“We would like to thank Agriculture Secretary William Dar and the DA for their efforts to help our sector as we continue to assist government in further developing a system to provide a continuous supply of produce during the enhanced community quarantine period,” ProPork said in a statement.

On March 31, the DA appealed to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to allow food, agri-fishery products, inputs, and personnel with proper documentation to pass through quarantine exit and entry points amid the Luzon-wide community quarantine.

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“We are grateful to have a voice in the IATF-EID through Secretary Dar because our concerns under ECQ are being addressed,” it said.

According to the statement, Secretary William Dar made it possible for the sector’s workers to be classified as frontliners and backliners.

“His efforts to have our workers classified as frontliners/backliners and our trucks allowed to carry our products and raw materials (and thereby) ensure unhampered access to and from our farms to the markets are truly appreciated,” it said.

The sector lauded Dar for piloting the “Kadiwa and Kadiwa Diskwento Karavan (KDK)” with the Department of Trade and Industry.

The caravan is like a mini grocery store that sells essential goods at affordable prices that benefit families in urban areas affected by the community quarantine.