Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said he would build cold storage facilities for agriculture products in all provinces and regions in the country as part of his food security policy if he becomes president in 2022.
Moreno made the pronouncement Thursday during a dialogue with farmers in a town hall meeting in Barangay Banaba, Tarlac City where he met with some 100 farmers, farmer leaders and agricultural workers.
“I was thinking of a place to store basic commodities like chicken, pork, eggs, fish and vegetables. I already have an idea of one,” said Moreno, standard bearer of Aksyon Demokratiko.
Moreno pointed out that in all provinces and regions in the country, there are National Food Authority (NFA) depots situated in spacious government lands that are idle.
“We don’t have to spend for the purchase of property. We only have to build a cold storage facility for two industries — vegetables and fishery products. That way we can create more storage facilities,” he said.
Moreno said establishing cold storage facilities in all provinces would ensure that farmers, fishermen and hog and chicken producers could stock their perishable produce or surplus products so that they can sell them later at the right price.
“The facilities would ensure that the vegetable crunch in March to April last year would not happen again,” Moreno said.
When the whole of Luzon was placed under strict lockdown, tons of vegetables in Mountain Province and Central Luzon were thrown away as farmers struggled to sell them due to the lockdown.
Meanwhile, urban poor residents in Metro Manila experienced hunger because of the situation.
Besides building cold storage facilities, Moreno also vowed to cut the excise taxes of petroleum, products and electricity by 50 percent, regulate importation of agricultural products and clamp down on smuggling, among others.