Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte was commended by no less than President Marcos for being the first among Metro Manila cities to respond to the call of the national government to provide the citizens with affordable goods through the “Kadiwa ng Pasko 2022 Caravan” at the Risen Garden, Quezon City Hall on Thursday, Dec. 1.
Belmonte thanked the president and the Department of Agriculture for having Quezon City as one of the chosen cities where the Kadiwa project was launched.
The Kadiwa ng Pasko is a flagship project of the national government that aims to provide a market for the country’s local agricultural producers and for the public to get access to affordable and high-quality products, the city government said. It was formally launched in some cities in the country on. Nov. 16.
The local government said that there are 40 stalls at the Risen Garden that sell various items such as well-milled rice for P25 a kilo, vegetables, dried fish, frozen goods, fruits and fruit juices, plants, shoes, leather crafts, bed sheets and other local products.
In a Radio Television Malacanang (RTVM) Facebook live broadcast, Marcos said that through the Kadiwa ng Pasko project, the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country are given a place to showcase their products.
He said that he plans to make the Kadiwa ng Pasko a national program where his office will coordinate with the local government units on its implementation.
Marcos assured that the project will continue even after the New Year.
Also present at the event were Vice-Mayor Gian Sotto, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Alfredo Pascual, Quezon City Police District Director Nicolas Torre III, city district representatives and councilors, and national and local government officials and department heads.