You Can Now Buy Products From Local Businesses and Farmers Online
by Inside Manila Team, April 23, 2020 2:22pm
Photo from Philippine Harvest
It’s not easy for farmers to earn a decent living when there’s an enhanced community quarantine and the risk of COVID-19. They, along with other small local businesses, are some of the people who provide food on the table. We should make a priority to return the favor. So, an initiative was created to aid them during this hard time--and you could be a part of it.
The Department of Tourism (DOT), in partnership with leading retail group Stores Specialists Inc. (SSI), organizes an online leg of the Philippine Harvest trade fair starting April 22, 2020. The Philippine Harvest online leg will help promote local food products from Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and small farmers.
Online Philippine Harvest aims to make local food products, farm-fresh vegetables, and other organic, artisanal, and indigenous products more accessible to consumers. There 27 merchants you can buy goods from and their participation is free of charge!
To order, you can contact the merchants directly through their respective social media accounts. Pick your goods and have your choices delivered right at your doorstep via GrabExpress and Lalamove--while practicing social distancing, of course.
“With our efforts in taking the Philippine Harvest online, we are showing that COVID-19 will not stop our mission of making locally-sourced food sustainable and available to Filipinos. Not only can Filipinos continue to enjoy the best of local food products, but our hardworking farmers of our farm tourism sites and MSMEs can still receive the support they need,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
DOT and SSI hopes Online Philippine Harvest softens the economic impact of COVID-19 on local food and farm producers whose operations were affected by the pandemic. It is also a way of promoting local cuisine and ingredients amidst the quarantine period.
For more information on how to support local farmers and producers, visit Philippine Harvest on Facebook.