The Department of Agriculture (DA) had served 1,250 clients for the distribution of the food pass in Davao Region.
Moreover, the Food Lane Conduct pass is open to food suppliers, farmer cooperatives, farmers association, truckers or logistics and other distribution entities.
The long queue during checkpoints might affect the quality of the vegetables and fruits. Thus, the food pass will be helpful to the transportation of the highly perishable agricultural produce.
“The agency’s food lane accreditation aims to ensure unhampered delivery of food and other agricultural commodities amid the enforcement of the enhanced community quarantine in the region due to the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19),” Noe; Provido, Noel Provido, DA-11 information chief noted.
“We will see to it that when the product reached the market they are of good quality and has the same nutritive value which is needed by the consumer to boost their immune system to fight the dreaded disease,” he added.
Respectively, Provido pointed out the case of Marlo Yap, the owner of Bemwa Farm in Datu Salumay, Marilog District, whose products must reach the market right away, applied immediately for the food pass since his produce are in demand in the market.
DA’s food lane accreditation will continue as long as the public health emergency has not been lifted. Applicants must not have an existing complaint against their consumers and must be duly registered, Provido stated.
Apart from the said food lane accreditation, DA emphasized that applicants will also comply to the requirements that adheres to the African swine fever (ASF) protocols that were imposed by the agency.
“Applicants may submit their requirements to their local agriculture offices or directly to the DA-11 headquarters here,” Provido said.