President Bongbong Marcos announced that the government is considering permanent locations for Kadiwa Centers across the country to assist Filipinos in dealing with the increasing prices of food and other essential commodities.
The program ‘Kadiwa ng Pangulo’ (KNP) is not a new concept and was first introduced by late former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., with the aim of establishing a platform to sell locally-sourced agricultural produce and seafood directly to Filipino consumers.
Under the Kadiwa program, the government provides support for the promotion of locally-sourced agricultural goods. According to the President, the KNP Para sa Manggagawa intends to broaden the government’s Kadiwa initiative.
PBBM also added that through this approach, it will help minimize the involvement of middlemen, who typically contribute to price hikes for agricultural products, providing micro, small, and medium enterprises with the chance to increase their earnings by participating in direct trade between farmers and consumers.
Hence why the present administration is looking into the possible places where they can put up permanent Kadiwa Centers to make it more accessible to Filipinos nationwide. “We are thinking of evolving it – not this type of pop-ups, but to have permanent Kadiwa centers in different local government units. We are thinking about where to put it,” President Marcos stated.