MANILA—Stretch your hard-earned peso and help our local farmers and micro-entrepreneurs by buying fresh produce and other local products at the “Grand Bagsakan” which is happening on Friday, March 26.
The event, organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (BDTP) and DTI-Region II, is a venue for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), including farmers and cooperatives, to sell their products. The project is done in partnership with farm-to-table platform Mayani and e-money app GCash.
For as low as P50, buyers can purchase a vegetable basket with half a kilo each of repolyo, kamatis, kalabasa, wombok and sayote. Pre-orders will be accepted before Wednesday, 24 March at 12nn for pick-up at the DTI Head Office in Makati or delivery to buyers’ homes on Friday, 26 March.
You can also buy a variety of local delicacies (bottled bagoong, squash crackers, ginataang santol, kesong puti spread and nuggets, blue terna tea, mushroom chips, cow’s milk) as well as handicrafts like bags, slippers and home knickknacks made by underprivileged but entrepreneurial mothers.
What differentiates the “Grand Bagsakan” from other Bagsakan events is the volume and variety of fresh produce available for sale from the Cagayan Valley Region and the use of the Mayani.ph e-commerce platform in pre-ordering selected products. Buyers can pre-order by clicking on https://cutt.ly/BAGSAKAN or https://mayani.ph/pages/the-grand-bagsakan.
For safety and convenience, the DTI-BDTP encourages buyers to pre-order online and opt for home delivery. Transactions are made safer and more convenient through GCash. Walk-in customers may also shop in person at the Grand Bagsakan on Friday at the DTI Parking Lot along Jupiter Street, Bel-air, Makati City. Strict social distancing and health protocols shall be observed. Mayani will strictly accept GCash payments only for pre-orders and for walk-in purchases.
The Grand Bagsakan is expected to move tons of fresh produce from Region 2 (Cagayan Valley Region) to Metro Manila as it will be held once a month at the DTI Parking Lot starting 26 March from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The succeeding Grand Bagsakan events will be held on 23 April, 28 May, 25 June, 23 July, 27 August, 24 September, 22 October, 26 November, 23 December.