By Junex Doronio
August 19, 2022
MANILA — Acting decisively on the complaints lodged by stakeholders directly ferrying agricultural goods to and from the market, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has directed the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to solve logistical challenges faced by transporters and cargo forwarders of agricultural products in order to lower prices of food commodities.
The Chief Executive noted how the government is “not handling” the complaints lodged by those directly ferrying agricultural goods to and from the market.
“We cannot afford to do that anymore. The logistical challenge is clear, and we are not handling it,” PBBM quipped during the Cabinet meeting on Thursday, August 18.
The President also could not help but notice the varying policies set by different local government units for cross-border passage and the presence of many checkpoints along the way.
The proposed revival of express lanes for food trucks, which was carried out during the height of pandemic-induced lockdowns, was also being considered.
As concurrent Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary, the President is pushing for a more structured blueprint that will include regional maps detailing the exact locations of the farm-to-market roads to be constructed for the faster and more efficient transportation of agricultural staples. (AI/MTVN)