Feature: Food terminal for cities of Davao, Tagum and Digos
by Prix D Banzon
Davao City (6 August) -- The technical working group of the Regional Development Council is finalizing its recommendation for the establishment of food terminal complex in the cities of Davao, Tagum and Digos.
In a meeting held on Tuesday, August 5 at the Department of Trade and Industry conference room, Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas said that the food terminal complex in Region XI is within the priority program of the government which aims to farm producers.
The proposed Davao City food terminal project in Daliao, Toril will cost about P1 billion, he said.
In the same meeting Engr. Ramon F. Allado, interim chair of the Southern Philippines Construction Core Group representing the private sector said that investor Fernando Martinez of Eastern Petroleum is considering the property of the National Development Corporation as the site for the food terminal in Davao City.
The investor, he said will shoulder 60 percent of the cost while 40 percent from the government which include as its equity the cost of the land.
Allado said both the government and the private sector will work together and take care of the informal setters in the area.
"But these settlers once the terminal is operational will be utilized to work in the complex and could give an added livelihood to the sector," he said.
However, he said, that they are also banking on the government to come up with policies like crafting simple ordinances where farmers will no longer be allowed to bring their products to the bagsakan center in the public markets but only in the food terminal.
The food terminal will then serve as the place where vendors will buy the products that they will sell in the market, he said.
Arturo B. Manigo, project development officer of the City Planning and Development Office of Tagum City said their food terminal will be located at Magdum area initially on a five-hectare lot with a P100 million funding of a loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines by the Tagum City government.
Right now, he said, ground works are ongoing with regards the road network as well as drainage and canals and they expect some structures already onsite by end of 2008 where implementation is through a progressive type.
He said it will be an agro-processing center with cold storage that will cater to products fruits and vegetables from the area and neighboring provinces.
The Digos City food terminal on the other hand is targeting about P50 million from the local government funds and from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and will follow the same concept adopted by the two cities.
DTI Davao City director Teololu Pasawa meanwhile said that the TWG recommendations must be completed within two months for the RDC through the National Economic Development Authority to review and finalize its approval.
He said the food terminals aside from cold storage will also have technology and incubation center and will have specie feature that will be determined on the strength of the product of the province.
Both the Tagum and Digos food terminals will have government participation on site development but the Davao City will be handled by the private sector. (PIA) [top]