MMDA to allow vendors to sell fresh buko on wheels
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has expressed its support to the initiative of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to market fresh young coconuts or buko using multi-cabs or small trucks in populated areas of the metropolis.
Agriculture Secretary Emmnuel Piñol said that MMDA Chairman Danny Lim, who attended the launching yesterday of the Summer Coco Festival, has pledged to talk with the Mayors of the cities in Metro Manila to allow coco vendors on wheels to sell “Buko.”
Right now, the MMDA has been clearing Metro Manila streets of obstructions, including ambulant vendors who impede traffic.
Lim, however, said that since the Coco Vendors on Wheels are mobile, these are not expected to obstruct movements in the streets.
“Besides, he said he could ask the support of Metro Manila Mayors to designate an area for the Coco Vendors on Wheels. He said he will also ask the Mayors to urge restaurants and eateries in their cities to offer young Coconuts to their customers,” Piñol said.
In the program designed by the DA and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), jobless families, Out-of-School-Youth and students looking for summer jobs will be engaged in selling fresh green coconuts in Metro Manila and other major cities in the country.
They will be provided transport vehicles on loan and working capital so they could buy young coconuts from farmers.