The Nueva Vizcaya Agricultural Terminal (NVAT) in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya was able to deliver a total of 3,252.4 Metric Tons (MT) or 3,252,412 kilograms (kg) of upland vegetable in Luzon including the National Capital Region (NCR) for the period, March 24-30, 2020.
The said data was presented today, March 30, by the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) during the Special Management Committee (MANCOM) meeting of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office No. 02 (DA-RFO 02) presided over by Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillo.
At 40 percent, NCR got the biggest share with 1,258.3 MT (1,258,332 kg) kilograms, followed by Central Luzon (Region 3) with 935.8 MT (935,866 kg) and Cagayan Valley (Region2) with 662 MT (662,083 kg). Other destinations are Ilocos Region (Region 1), CALABARZON (Region 4A), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and Bicol Region (Region 5). According to Edillo, the whole DA is appreciative of the efforts shown by NVAT by ensuring enough supply of vegetables in these areas, especially Metro Manila.
“On behalf of the department through Secretary William D. Dar, we thank the management farmer members and other suppliers of vegetables for NVAT for their support, especially now that we are experiencing an abnormal situation brought by COVID19,” he said.
As a show of appreciation and in response to their request, the DA-RFO 02 management immediately approved the giving of 50 bags (at 25 kilograms) to NVAT frontliners as their incentive. For their part, NVAT General Manager Gilbert Cumila said that they will continue to support the Food Resiliency Program of DA now being implemented to counter the effect of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in entire Luzon.
“We are one with the department in ensuring food availability and price stability,” he uttered.
(With reports form Hector Tabbun)