Dalaguete Agri-Pinoy Trading  Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

agri-pinoy02Being the Vegetable Basket of Cebu, the Municipality of Dalaguete, aims to live up to its title and be at par not just with all the other agricultural municipalities of the country but with all the other agricultural Asian countries as well. With this vision the start of the modernization project of Mantalongon Vegetable Trading Center kicked-off with the groundbreaking ceremony held last June 6, 2014.

Rev. Fr. Renato "Gamgam" Gamorot, Parish Priest of San Isidro Labrador Parish graced the occasion. Present were the Dalaguete Local Government Unit headed by Mayor Ronald Allan G. Cesante and Vice Mayor Jeffrey B. Belciña; Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Members Hon. William Lagahid, Hon. Mario Montenegro, Hon. John Moran, Hon. Kevin Belandres; LGU-Technical Team composed of Engr. Expedizitas S. Lenares, Engr. Donald Abraham Lara, Mr. Rydal Cisneros, Mr. Felix Villahermosa, Mr. Dennis Amandoron; Mantalongon Brgy. Officials headed by Brgy. Capt. Hilarion S. Belciña, Hon. Roberto Cataytay, Hon. Venancio S. Geolin Jr., Hon. Walter Cordova, Hon. Josephine Nepomuceno; MAFC Chairman Ma. Sol Rondez, and MANRO Staffs Mr.  Almar Villahermosa and Mr. Macario Moya. It ended with the ceremonial shoveling of cement to cover the capsule encasing the documents of the building.

This project is a collaboration of the Municipal Government of Dalaguete (MGD) and the National Government through the Department of Agriculture, Agri-Business and Marketing System (DA-AMAS)  thru Memorandum of Agreement Number 122014-07 signed by Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and Mayor Ronald Allan G. Cesante,CPA.. It was formulated when Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala visited and seen that our current Vegetable Trading Center has a limited area and the system of the trade is not that efficient. So he sent the Department of Agriculture Technical Team along with (AMAS) Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service and National Agri-Business Corporation (NABCOR) to assess the current set-up. As a result of the feasibility study made, the Php12, 750, 200 funding was approved. Thus the new facility will be known as Dalaguete Agri-Pinoy Trading Center.

The Php17, 568,059 total project cost, of which Php 4,835,859, will be shouldered by the Municipal Government of Dalaguete will be put onto the total enhancement of the facility. There will already be designated areas for weighing, trading, and packing. Price Monitoring Board will be installed so farmers and traders will be aware of the updated prices based in Carbon Market. These and more others will be done to minimize postharvest losses, increase farmers' income and ensure the proper handling of farm products, specifically High Value Commercial Crops (HVCC) to maintain quality upon reaching the prospective markets.

This project is one big step towards the progress of our vegetable industry which is the primary source of income of our population. It may greatly affect our traditional trading process but with the unity and cooperation of everyone to embrace this change, it will definitely bear good and beneficial outcome not just for the present but also for the future generation.

Dalaguete is looking forward to seeing this project completed on October 6, 2014, the desired completion date set by the MGD technical team.

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