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PIA Press Release
2007/10/15

PGMA inaugurates newest BFT in Tondo

Manila (15 October) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated today the newest addition to the growing list of Barangay Food Terminals (BFTs) and Bagsakan Centers being established around the country by the Department of Agriculture to address the public's clamor for quality, safe and affordable food items.

The Pritil Public Market in Tondo, Manila joins other BFTs in Tarlac, the Food Terminal in Taguig City and several other areas in the country as the "go-to" places for Filipinos who want affordable, food items for their families.

Upon her arrival, the President was led to the entrance of the Pritil Public Market where she cut the ribbon officially opening the BFT to the public.

She was assisted by Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Vice Mayor Isko Moreno and Rep.Benjamin Asilo.

Part of the festivities included the commemoration of World Food Day '07, a global initiative of nations calling for worldwide realization of the human right to adequate food by ensuring its respect, protection and fulfillment everywhere.

In the Philippines, an on-the-spot poster making contest was held to commemorate World Food Day '07 today.

Two students each from Luzon and Mindanao and one from the Visayas were declared national winners for this year.

They are: Sheena Faith Carreon from Ilocos Norte; Ronnel Lacas from Hagonoy, Bulacan; Maphete Lustre from Iloilo City; Soon Yi Jurado from Cagayan de Oro; and Brian Brazil from Davao City.

The President, together with Yap, handed out the prizes, which included P10,000, a trophy and a plaque, to each of the winners. [top]

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