LAOAG CITY — The Provincial Government’s ‘Kadiwa Rolling Store’, also known as ‘Kadiwa Express’ started to roam once again to provide basic and more affordable commodities to Ilokano families throughout the province.
The ‘Kadiwa Express,’ manned by the employees of the Provincial Capitol headed to the municipalities of Adams and Dumalneg yesterday to bring various commodities such as rice, local fruits and vegetables as well as instant noodles, canned goods, powdered sugar and coffee, among others, which are sold at much lower prices compared to prevailing market rates.
This initiative of the Provincial Government serves as an aid to farmers and local entrepreneurs as well as to residents whose access to basic needs are limited due to the enhanced community quarantine in the province, caused by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The municipal mayor of Adams, Hon. Rosalia Dupagen rejoiced when she was informed that the ‘Kadiwa Express’ will set up in their town:
“I am thankful to PGIN kasi malaking tulong ang pag-deliver ng mga assorted groceries para sa ating mga kababayan, lalo na’t hindi natin alam kung hanggang kailan matatapos ang total lockdown dito sa probinsiya, particularly ang bayan namin. Gayunpaman, wala na kaming dapat na ipag-alala dahil ang Provincial Government na mismo ang lalapit para ihatid ang tulong at serbisyo para sa lahat.”
The ‘Kadiwa Express’ was conducted following a market system to avoid physical contacts among consumers, which may accelerate the transmission of the disease.
“Noong nalaman namin na pupunta dito sa bayan ang ‘Kadiwa Express,’ agad na kinolekta ng ating mga barangay officials ang mga nais bilhin ng mga residente. Sinabihan namin sila na ibigay na lang sa mga opisyal ang perang pambili at ang bayong o lalagyan nila ng mga mabibiling produkto. Kami na rin mismo ang magde-deliver sa mga bahay nila,” Association of Barangay Council (ABC) President Ms. Maelyn Guinayen explained.
The ‘Kadiwa Express’ aims to visit all the local government units (LGUs) this month.