“Let’s go local, let’s go all-Filipino.”
This is the message of Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles to Filipino consumers going to the country’s groceries and markets, as he stressed that this should be on the list of those who shop for their families’ household essentials, particularly food items.
“Local businesses will need the support of both the government and our people to overcome the challenges of this pandemic.”
“Ang payo ko po sa mga lalabas para mag grocery, dapat ang number one sa listahan, wear a mask; number two, don’t forgert your face shield, and number three, buy Filipino products,” said the Palace official.
Nograles, the Chair of the government’s Zero Hunger Task Force, pointed out that “local food producers and local food manufacturers would benefit greatly from the support of consumers, especially given our current economic climate.”
According to Nograles: “Local businesses will need the support of both the government and our people to overcome the challenges of this pandemic; and at this point food manufactuing is one of the industries that is poised to contribute positively to economic recovery efforts, as the demand for food will always be there.”
“Locally-manufactured food products are world-class and, in many cases, are cheaper than their imported counterparts.”
The former legislator pointed out that food accounts for nearly half of the total output of the country’s manufacturing sector, which contributes around 23 to 24% of the Philippines’ annual GDP.
“Dahil essential at basic necessity ang pagkain, malaki pa rin ang potential ng sektor na ito. When we support local food producers and manufacturers by patronizing their products, we help keep them profitable so they can retain and even expand their workforce,” explained the Davao native.
“Locally-manufactured food products are world-class and, in many cases, are cheaper than their imported counterparts, and the same goes with food staples in the market like rice. Makakatipid ka na, makakatulong ka pa sa kapwa mo Pilipino.”