MANILA – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is rolling out Kadiwa ng Pasko (KnP) stores in four regions nationwide that offer more affordable noche buena products in time for the holiday season.
In the National Capital Region (NCR), KnP stores are open until Dec. 16 at Parañaque City Hall and Makati City Hall grounds.
On Friday, KnP stores will open at Barangay Almanza covered court in Las Piñas City; Barangay Nangka, Marikina City; Taguig City; new Caloocan City Hall South; and Pasay Sports Complex (Derham Park).
On Saturday, citizens near Disiplina Village in Bignay, Valenzuela City and Verdant covered court in Barangay Pamplona 3, Las Piñas City can avail of the cheaper noche buena items in KnP stores.
The KnP will also offer affordable goods at Armed Forces of the Philippines along Bonny Serrano Avenue corner EDSA, Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Dec. 20.
Outside Metro Manila, KnP will still be rolled out in Cabarroguis, Quirino in Region 2 on Dec. 16, 23 and 30 as well as at South Cotabato gym and Cultural Center in Barangay Poblacion, Koronadal City, South Cotabato from Dec. 1 to 23 and Pigcawayan, Cotabato City from Dec. 15 to 18 for the KnP in Region 12.
The DTI also brought the KnP store in Region 4-A at the Bacoor, Cavite, which will be closed Thursday.
"These rolling stores will help many consumers buy basic necessities like food products at lower prices,” DTI Secretary Alfredo Pascual said in a statement. “By shopping at the Kadiwa ng Pasko Centers, you are also supporting our local farmers, fishermen, manufacturers and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).”
Under his administration, President Ferdinand R. Marcos revived the Kadiwa program of his father and former President Ferdinand E. Marcos which aims to bring directly food supply from farm to market and improve access to affordable food, especially to the low-income families.
The new Kadiwa program aims to alleviate the high prices of goods as inflation hits 8 percent in November, the highest since November 2008. (PNA)