LAOAG CITY – As part of its continuous support to local farmers and in partnership with the Quezon City government, the provincial government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) will launch the ‘Producer-to-Consumer Project’ at the Quezon City hall on January 26-27, 2017.
Edison Natividad, officer-in-charge of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Office of PGIN, said that the project aims “to introduce our own products while expanding the marketing support to local farmers.”
He added that the project is planned to be held monthly.
Aside from fruits and vegetables, all manufactured products from Ilocos Norte such as garlic, onion, tobacco, vinegar, and inabel crafts will be sold directly to consumers in the urban market.
The provincial government will shoulder the transportation of the goods and products, while PGIN’s SME Office, Public Employment Service Office, Investment Center, Sustainable Development Office, and Agriculture Office will monitor the proper implementation of the said project.
“It is Governor Imee Marcos’ goal to improve the life of Ilocano farmers,” Natividad said.
Meanwhile, PGIN is also coordinating with the Quezon city government to acquire a space in a market in Balintawak, where fruits and vegetables grown from the province will be directly delivered.
“The market administrator has ensured us that they will provide space for (the province of Ilocos Norte) and we hope that we can start soon,” Natividad added.
Since last year, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos has expressed her interest in partnering with Quezon City for the said project in order to develop and generate opportunities for Ilocano farmers as well as to further boost the economic sector of the province.—(From a report by Jennifer T. Pambid, PGIN-CMO)