Marcos: Solve logistics problems in agriculture sector
August 19, 2022 - Friday 7:08 PM by GDMPhoto from BBM FB
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has raised the need to address the logistics problem in the agriculture sector to lower food prices in the country.
In a Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on Thursday, the movements of agricultural products were raised as well as complaints of forwarders and cargo handlers on policies imposed by local government units (LGUs) and the presence of many checkpoints.
“We cannot afford to do that anymore. The logistical challenge is clear, and we are not handling it,” Marcos pointed out.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. said he would discuss the issue with the chiefs of the Philippine National Police and the Department of Trade and Industry, particularly on the revival of express lanes for food trucks, which was carried out during pandemic-induced lockdowns.
“Actually sir, kung tutuusin hindi talaga dapat eh. Dapat free-flowing eh. Pero sometimes they use – possibly because of avian flu et cetera ‘yung mga ganun. Baka ginagawan ng excuse eh,” Abalos said.
Another possible solution raised is applying technology to address the problem. For instance, agricultural products will be tracked along the way to identify bottlenecks and raise potential issues with the concerned LGU with the help of the DILG.
The officials also proposed using technology to determine areas having good harvest, enabling the government to bring their produce to locations experiencing food shortages.
Marcos is concurrently serving as the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.
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