As promised, the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has set up the first two farm-produce stands at two different Petron stations to provide local farmers a ready market for their products, while at the same time making fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables more accessible to consumers via Petron’s network of across the country.
This initiative is in support of the ‘Kadiwa ng Ani at Kita’ program under the Department of Agriculture (DA), and has been rolled out at Petron Katipunan in Quezon City (near La Vista subdivision) and Petron Zabarte in Caloocoan. More farmers’ produce outlets will open at various Petron stations in the coming days.
“During this time of crisis, our farmers, livestock raisers, fishermen, and everyone in the agricultural sector are also unsung heroes,” said SMC president Ramon S. Ang. “We depend on them for our food supply. And yet, they are also among the most vulnerable to the crisis, especially since quarantine restrictions also impact their access to their traditional markets.
“That is why we are grateful to DA Secretary William Dar for giving us the chance to help our farmers through their Kadiwa program. This way, our farmers can still continue their livelihood even during this pandemic. At the same time, we will help boost food accessibility for our citizens, who are asked to limit their movement to essential activities during the quarantine.”
Aside from this initiative, SMC has also set up ‘Manukang Bayan’ rolling stores at Petron stations to bring fresh poultry, meats, and ready-to-eat food closer to consumers during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Several Petron Treats convenience stores now also serve as pickup locations for food orders made via San Miguel Foods’ online ordering platform.