Duterte graces launch of agri marketing project in Davao

DAVAO CITY � As the government bolsters its vision to provide available and affordable food for Filipinos, President Rodrigo Duterte graced the launching of a marketing project here Saturday, aimed at ensuring that farmers' produce would be made available to consumers directly.

Duterte urged Filipinos to patronize local products to help the industry afloat during the launch of TienDA Farmers and Fisherfolks Outlet, a partnership project between the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Ayala Malls held at the Asian Food Market in Abreeza Mall Davao.

Well, at the expense of the disers (merchandisers), 'yung mga middle men, that's not how it is because we are trying to come up with our decision to, I said, provide the people affordable and always, their food for all, Duterte explained, adding that the imports and exports have to be balanced with the trade all over the world.

While the local agriculture industry still thrives amid the entry of similar imported products, Duterte said the marketing project will open doors of greater opportunities for all Filipinos.

Duterte stressed that production is still the secret to level the playing field to all companies operating in the country.

The thing there is maintain the supply para pareho mura. Then kung ikaw Pilipino, kung pareho 'yung ano mo, 'di sa Pilipino ka na bumili. Makatulong ka pa, he added.

Duterte also thanked the Ayalas for their social and corporate conscience to help the Filipino people.

Anyway, sila man din 'yung prime movers talaga ng ating gobyerno and it would be good if they would accommodate us, bagsakan libre. And they will buy your products diretso. Wala na 'yung diser, he said.

In his speech, the President also reiterated his promise to eradicate corruption in his administration, reiterating his warning against government officials who went on unofficial trips and unauthorized or unimportant meetings using public funds.

All those guys who have been using money of the government, just easily going in and out of travel upon the invitation of maski sinong mga seminar-seminar and they are easy really just to, some of them without getting a permit and wasting the money of the people, I have to ask them to resign, Duterte said.

If at all, kung gusto ko man, kokonti lang and those important meeting. But like just 'yung basta na lang na there's a seminar about whatever --- about farming, about corruption, about business, eh hindi natin pera 'yan eh, he added.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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