Region 9’s first barangay food terminal launched next week

Barangay Chair Susing C. Tiu said Agriculture Assistant Secretary Salvador S. Salacup and National Agribusiness Corporation President Alan A. Javellana are attending the activity.

“We are proud to be the first barangay in the region to have a Barangay Food Terminal,” Tiu said.

Region 9 is composed of Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and the cities of Zamboanga, Isabela, and Dapitan.

A priority project of Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with the supervision of Department of Agriculture (DA), the Sanito BFT is a pioneer project in Region 9 that will establish a direct and effective farm-to-consumer food supply chain.

The BFT project comprises direct marketing of fresh agricultural and fishery food products from the producers for selling at a price lower than the prevailing market prices.

The BFT, according to Tiu, will serve as the barangay depot and will offer affordable, safe and quality products like meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and fruits to consumers not only in barangay Sanito but also to neighboring barangays.

Also known as the local Barangay Bagsakan Center, it will be the 26th Bagsakan Center
to be opened in the Philippines.

There are now 24 Bagsakan Centers in Metro Manila,  two in Visayas and another two in the Davao area. After Sanito, two more bagsakan enters will be opened in Zamboanga City and another in Alicia. (Antonio M. Manaytay/MindaNews contributor)