SAN AGUSTIN, PILI, CAMARINES SUR – Some 212 exhibitors of the Kadiwa ng Pangulo simultaneously held in the six provinces of Bicol Region on July 17 garnered a combined total sales of P1,465,518.00, according to the DA- Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) in Bicol. A total of 212 exhibitors participated regionwide. Some 109 of them were invited/sponsored by the Department of Agriculture Region 5.

These 109 DA-sponsored exhibitors garnered a total of P893,050.07 sales regionwide. While BFAR invited 10 exhibitors who earned P22,455.00. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), on the otherhand invited 56 exhibitors who earned P339,313.00 sales. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) invited 17 exhibitors who earned P34,698.00 sales. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) invited 14 exhibitors regionwide who earned P26,002.00 sales. The National Food Authority sold 20 bags of rice in each province, priced at P25.00 per kilo garnering P150,000 total sales.

Masbate province recorded the highest sales – P322,034.00 from 27 exhibitors. Followed by Albay where the 34 inter-agency sponsored exhibitors garnered P315,190.97 sales. Sorsogon followed with 53 exhibitors that garnered P301,701.00 total sales. In Camarines Sur, the 33 exhibitors garnered P229,988.75 sales. In Catanduanes, 35 exhibitors earned P184,959.25; and in Camarines Norte, the 30 exhibitors earned P111,644.10 sales.

DA Bicol Regional Executive Director Rodel P. Tornilla would like to thank the DILG, DOLE, DTI, DSWD including all the exhibitors for the successful conduct of the KNP. Director Tornilla would like also to thank the Provincial Governments of all the provinces of Bicol for the full support of the PLGU particularly in organizing the safety and security of KNP venues, provision of LED wall and live feed sound at the venue which made possible the livestreaming of President Ferdinand R. Marcos’ grand launch of Kadiwa ng Pangulo in San Fernando City, Pampanga, and other important logistical support including the food of the exhibitors and invited farmers and media.

The KNP is part of the Marcos’ administration’s campaign on food security with the Department of Agriculture as the lead convenor, fully supported by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

In San Fernando City, President Marcos witnessed the MOA signing among DILG, DA, DTI, DOLE, DSWD, PCO and PMS for the establishment of KNP in LGUs nationwide.

The nationwide simultaneous conduct of KNP aimed to institutionalize the Kadiwa in all provinces nationwide with the help of the Provincial Local Government Units.The KNP offered a wide array of agricultural and non-agricultural products including rice, fish, fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry products, value added products, Bicol delicacies and handicrafts. (LOVELLA P. GUARIN – DA – RAFIS 5)