Sustainable Growth: Iriga City introduces Kadiwa ng Pangulo Market

(Photo courtesy of Lungsod ng Iriga)

The City Government of Iriga, through the City Agriculture Office, inaugurated the first-ever KADIWA ng Panguloin Iriga City last June 24, 2024, at the New City Agriculture Office (Old CHO). This initiative is part of a broader effort by the Department of Agriculture (DA) to enhance the accessibility of quality yet affordable goods and commodities for consumers, while simultaneously supporting local farmers, fishers, and microenterprises. The event marked a significant milestone for the city, reflecting a concerted effort to promote sustainable agriculture and local economic development.

KADIWA ng Pangulo is a marketing initiative designed to create a direct link between producers and consumers, thereby eliminating middlemen and ensuring better prices for both parties. The program involves the participation of several local farmers’ cooperatives and associations, including the Rural Improvement Club Federation of Iriga, Ka-Agripreneur Cooperative, and Tadyong Tribal Farmers Association, Inc. These groups bring a diverse range of products to the market, showcasing the rich agricultural heritage and capabilities of the region. By participating in KADIWA, these cooperatives gain a reliable platform to sell their products, fostering economic stability and growth within the local farming community.

The KADIWA ng Pangulo market will be held twice a month, specifically on the 15th and 30th, offering a regular and predictable schedule for both vendors and consumers. This bi-monthly event not only ensures consistent access to fresh, locally-produced goods but also encourages the community to support local agriculture. Through this initiative, the City Agriculture Office aims to build a resilient local food system, reduce food insecurity, and stimulate economic activities in Iriga. The positive reception of the inaugural KADIWA ng Pangulo highlights Iriga City’s readiness to embrace sustainable and locally focused agricultural practices.

(Source: Lungsod ng Iriga)

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