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Zamboanga Peninsula's first barangay food terminal to open Feb. 24

By Antonio M. Manaytay

Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay (21 February) -- Senior agriculture executives will lead the launching of the region's first Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) in Barangay Sanito here on February 24 to make prime goods more accessible to low-income families.

Barangay chair Susing C. Tiu said agriculture Assistant Secretary Salavador S. Salacup and National Agribusiness Corporation President Alan A. Javellana are attending the activity.

"We are proud to be the first barangay in the region to have a Barangay Food Terminal," Tiu said.

Region 9 is composed of Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and the cities of Zamboanga, Isabela, Pagadian, Dipolog and Isabela.

A priority project of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with the supervision of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Sanito BFT is a pioneer project in region 9 that will establish a direct and effective farm-to-consumer food supply chain.

The BFT project comprises direct marketing of fresh agricultural and fishery food products from the producers for selling at a price lower than the prevailing market prices.

The BFT, according to Tiu, will serve as the barangay depot and will offer affordable, safe and quality products like meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and fruits to consumers not only in barangay Sanito but also to neighboring barangays.

Also known as the local Barangay Bagsakan Center, it will be the 26th "Bagsakan Center" to be opened in the country.

There are now 24 "bagsakan centers" in Metro Manila, two in Visayas and another two in the Davao area. After Sanito, two more will be opened in Zamboanga City and Alicia town in Zamboanga Sibugay. (Mindanews/PIA-ZN) [top]

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