PRESIDENT Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has put to task government agencies to solve logistical challenges faced by transporters and cargo forwarders of agricultural products to lower prices of food commodities.
The Chief Executive issued the directive to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) during last Thursday's Cabinet meeting, as he stressed how the government is "not handling" the complaints lodged by those directly ferrying agricultural goods to and from the market.
"We cannot afford to do that anymore. The logistical challenge is clear, and we are not handling it," he asserted, citing as examples the varying policies set by different local government units for cross-border passage and the presence of many checkpoints along the way.
One proposal is the revival of express lanes for food trucks, which was carried out during the height of pandemic-induced lockdowns.
As concurrent head of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the President is pushing for a more structured blueprint that will include regional maps detailing the exact locations of the farm-to-market roads to be constructed for the faster and more years efficient transportation of agricultural staples such as rice to significantly cut down on transport costs that will ultimately bring down prices of goods.
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