Gov’t to open ‘Kadiwa’ stores in BARMM
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said community stores — which are very much like the “Kadiwa” Stores previously operated by the National Food Authority (NFA) — will open in August across the Bangsamoro Region.
This, according to him, is part of the Department of Agriculture (DA) program to make food available to residents of remote areas in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
The community stores, to be known as “Padian na Bangsamoro” will be operated and managed by wives, widows and orphans of former Bangsamoro combatants.
Each of the 50 stores, 10 in each of the five provinces in the Bangsamoro Region, will get a P500,000 funding in the form of a No-Interest, No-Collateral loan from the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), the rural credit agency of the DA.
Initially, the stores will sell such common household needs as rice, salt, sugar, dried fish, canned goods, milk, spices and even kitchen utensils at prices lower than prevailing market prices.