DTI sets Mobile Diskwento Caravan in Region 9

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, June 4 (PNA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), due to the resounding success of the first Mobile Diskwento Caravan (MDC) last year, will conduct another round of similar program starting on Monday, June 6, until June 11 covering four far-flung areas here in Region 9.

Dr. Sitti Amina Jain, DTI regional director, on Saturday said the success of the first MDC and the feedback gathered from the beneficiaries are key considerations for the conduct of similar caravan this year.

“Last year was sort of testing the waters. We wanted to bring discounted basic and prime commodities for low income earners in hard-to-reach areas, where programs like these are seldom delivered. The overwhelming success and the clamor from our beneficiaries from last year solidified our decision to again serve the people through this program this year,” Jain added.

Last year’s MDC has served 2,179 individuals from Barangay Labuan, this city; Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay; Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte; and, Sominot, Zamboanga del Sur, according to Jain.

This year, she said the MDC would kick off in Barangay Vitali, this city, on June 6. From Vitali, the group composed of DTI regional office staff, to be led by Consumer Protection Division OIC-Division Chief Samuel Delos Reyes, will proceed to Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay for the second leg on June 8.

She said the next stop would be in the municipality of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur on June 9 and finally in Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte on June 11.

Jain is inviting the residents of the four areas to avail of the discounted commodities ranging from school supplies, canned goods and other basic commodities.

“We invite the residents from the said areas to come and avail of the program. This is all intended for them. We want them to know that we at the government are thinking of initiatives and programs that will benefit them. This is just one of the many programs that we have to help our brothers and sisters in far-flung areas where government assistance is really needed,” she said.

Jain said the conduct of the MDC is in partnership with the local business establishments and distributors.

Jain expressed her gratitude to “our partners from the business sector for helping us realize this project.”

“This partnership will go a long way for our intended beneficiaries, and we hope to continue our partnership with them,” Jain added.