Lawmakers approve proposed agri-trading bid on 2nd reading

THE PROPOSAL to authorize Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte to sign on behalf of the city a pact with the Department of Agriculture on a proposed trading center in Daliao, Toril, was passed on second reading at Tuesday’s session in Sangguniang Panlungsod.

The measure makes the establishment of a proposed Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (APTC) a step closer, with the DA funding the establishment of the complex P70 million.

The city will counterpart the management of the facility with the recent revision of the city’s tourism code.

Councilor Marissa Salvador Abella, chair of the committee on agriculture, said the proposed trading center would allow for farmers from nearby provinces to avail of the “bagsakan center,” with a goal of reducing price for resellers and increasing income for producers.

The project would benefit mainly fruit and vegetable growers, Abella said.

The MOA follows a May 18, 2015 memorandum of agreement between the city government and the National Development Company, which owns the five-hectare lot being counterparted by the city government for the project.

The NDC-City government MOA allows the local government to use the property for 15 years, with a possibility of renewal.

The DA established the concept of APTCs to improve the country’s integrated supply chains in food producing regions such as region XI.

Daliao, Toril, was identified as the location for the APTC in the city as “it will capture most of the products coming from the agricultural production areas of the City and nearby provinces,” according to a copy of the MOA.

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