By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The city government of Las Piñas signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the launching of the Enhanced Kadiwa Inclusive Food Supply Chain Program to ensure food availability and accessibility during the period of COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Las Piñas City Mayor Imelda Aguilar said that under the agreement, the DA will provide financial grant assistance to participating eligible organizations and local government units (LGUs) to enhance their capacities in value-adding activities in the food supply chains from aggregation, processing, packing, store, warehousing and transport to distribution.
Mayor Aguilar said the project description under the agreement shall focus on the implementation of two KADIWA Stores in the city where the project aims to enable selected market vendors to have funds for the renovation and improvement of the KADIWA store.
In support to the project, Mayor Aguilar stressed that the DA shall download funds to the city which shall be granted to the Pagsasarali Talipapa Multi-purpose Cooperative and the Las Piñas Meat Dealers Association where both said organizations will receive P1-million each.
The mayor said that under the agreement, DA’s obligation through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service or AMAS shall provide financial grant to the city in the amount of P2,000,000 to be funded under Market Development Services of FY 2021 General Appropriation Act 11518.
For her part, Vice-Mayor April Aguilar said that the DA’s financial grant’s fund will be used for the implementation of the “Enhanced Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Financial Grant Assistance Program” to be released in full accordance with the approved project proposal as well as the work and financial plan contained in the agreement.
“On our side, the city’s obligation is to implement the approved project and shall see to it that it will be in accordance with the approved project objectives, standards, systems and procedures for project implementation, and the approved Work and Financial Plan contained in the agreement,” Vice-Mayor Aguilar said.
The vice-mayor added that the funding assistance coming from the DA may be released in full or in tranches depending on the nature and the need of the project.