You Can Shop Fresh Produce From Local Farmers at These Gas Stations

Hit two birds with one stone!

(SPOT.ph) Calling all quarantine tributes: the San Miguel Corporation has partnered with the Department of Agriculture to put up veggie stalls in Petron gas stations. These little shops will be selling produce straight from local farmers—which means you can check everything off your errands list while helping those who need it most. You can spot these pilot stalls over at Petron Katipunan, near La Vista subdivision in Quezon City, and at the Petron Zabarte station in Caloocan City.

PHOTO BY Nonong Velasco, QC Food Security Task Force Head

This partnership is part of the "Kadiwa ng Ani at Kita" program of the Department of Agriculture (DA). Farmers have been struggling to sell their produce amid the quarantine—with some led to simply throwing away their crop—thanks to the lack of buyers and the difficulty of transporting their goods under COVID-19 restrictions. Under the DA's program, several channels have been made to give farmers channels through which to sell their produce. The two pilot stalls at the Petron gas stations are being operated by DA personnel. 

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A truck unloads fresh produce at Petron Katipunan.
PHOTO BY Nonong Velasco, QC Food Security Task Force Head
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"During this time of crisis, our farmers, livestock raisers, fishermen, and everyone in the agricultural sector, are also unsung heroes. We depend on them for our food supply, and yet they are also among the most vulnerable to the crisis," said Ramon Ang, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president, in a statement. He noted that the conglomerate is working with the DA to roll out even more of these outlets where farmers can sell their produce. 

By partnering up with private entities, the DA aims to "ensure farmers of a ready market for their produce and a steady income stream," said Secretary William Dar. So the next time you need to stop by a gas station to run an errand, stay on the lookout for more of these stalls. Get your fresh veggies supply and lend a helping hand at the same time!

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