DOT and SSI Show Support to Philippine Food Producers in Online Philippine Harvest

In a bid to support local agriculture in this time of adversity, The Department of Tourism (DOT), in partnership with leading retail group Stores Specialists Inc. (SSI), mounted the online leg of the Philippine Harvest trade fair last April 22, 2020. The Philippine Harvest online leg seeks to help promote local food products from MSMEs and small farmers and make them more accessible to Filipino consumers despite the circumstances brought about by COVID-19.

Through The Philippine Harvest Facebook page, products from 27 local food producers have been featured. Consumers were able to order directly from the respective social media accounts of participating merchants, and products will be sent to consumers via available delivery services such as GrabExpress and Lalamove, while practicing social distancing.

The participation of featured merchants is free of charge and is set to soften the economic impact of COVID-19 on local food and farm producers whose operations were greatly affected by the pandemic. It is also a way of promoting local cuisine and ingredients amidst the quarantine period.

“With our efforts in taking the Philippine Harvest online, we are showing that COVID-19 will not stop our mission of making locally-sourced food sustainable and available to Filipinos”, said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. “Not only can Filipinos continue to enjoy the best of local food products, but our hardworking farmers of our farm tourism sites and MSMEs can still receive the support they need”.

Since it started in 2018, DOT’s Philippine Harvest Trade Fair was made in partnership with SSI Group and Central Square Mall in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig to champion the richness of Philippine agriculture, through local, organic, artisanal, and indigenous food products found in various regions in the Philippines. This is aimed at linking the farms and the private sector to new markets.

For the line-up of participating producers, see below:

Show your support to local farmers and producers by visiting the official Facebook page at facebook.com/PhilippineHarvest