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Kadiwa helps the needy, says a BSP official

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Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Monetary Board (MB) member Bruce Tolentino highlighted on Tuesday the importance of the rollout of the government’s Kadiwa stores in the country.

Tolentino emphasized the Kadiwa program plays an important role in the lives of Filipinos in need, especially the poor adversely affected by increasing price of food and basic commodities.

“The Kadiwa program is an important measure that quickly responds to the food insecurity suffered by depressed communities and groups requiring short-term food assistance,” Tolentino said.

“It is also a useful measure to introduce high nutrient foods to malnourished populations, especially children and lactating mothers,” *Tolentino added, describing the Kadiwa program as a “welcome effort.”*

*“And if it is expanded, hopefully the (Marcos) administration will find a way to achieve its vision of giving Filipino farmers, fisherfolk and MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprise) an opportunity to generate more income through direct farm-to-consumer trade through the program,” Tolentino said.*

The Kadiwa is a farm-to-consumer market chain program of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. that eliminates intermediaries, allowing local producers to sell directly to consumers at affordable prices.

There are already more than 300 Kadiwa stores nationwide. | PND

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