The Department of Tourism (DOT) and Stores Specialists Inc.'s (SSI) Group on Wednesday launched an online version of the Philippine Harvest to make local food products available for delivery amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
Aside from the convenience of having the goods right at your doorsteps, this will also help promote local products from MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) and small farmers.
Philippine Harvest Online will begin operations on April 22 on their Facebook page featuring products from 27 local food producers.
Customers may directly order from the merchant's respective social media accounts. The goods will then be delivered to them via GrabExpress and Lalamove with proper social distancing.
According to the press statement from DOT, the participation of merchants will be free of charge "to soften the economic impact of COVID-19 on local food and farm producers whose operations were affected by the pandemic. It is also a way of promoting local cuisine and ingredients amidst the quarantine period."
"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," Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
Philippine Harvest Trade Fair has been promoting local, organic, artisanal and indigenous food products from each of the Philippines' regions since 2018. It has been established in partnership between DOT SSI Group and Central Square Mall in Bonifacio Global City.
Check out the stores offering local goods in this gallery.
—Jannielyn Ann Bigtas/JCB, GMA News