Agri department, Ayala launch direct sales project in Davao City

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Posted at Nov 19 2017 01:52 AM | Updated as of Nov 19 2017 01:45 PM

President Duterte listens to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol as the latter shows a product from one of the TienDA farmers and fisherfolks outlets during the launch of the Department of Agriculture's partnership with Ayala Malls at Abreeza Mall in Davao City on Saturday. Also in the photo is Ayala Corp. chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala. Malacanang Photo

MANILA—The Department of Agriculture and Ayala Malls on Saturday launched TienDa Farmers and Fisherfolks Outlets in Davao City.

The project aims to sell fruits, vegetables, rice, and other agricultural and fish products from farms all over the country direct to customers and without the intervention of middlemen.

"I would like to thank the Ayala (family) kasi the activity sponsored by (them) kumpletuhin ko na lang. I would like to thank them for their social conscience, corporate conscience to help the Filipino people," President Rodrigo Duterte said in a press briefing during the project launch.

"Were it not for their vision to create another beautiful city which is now Makati, what could have been the developments by then? There’s no doubt about it, they’re imbued by the sense of responsibility sa kapwa tao nila," he earlier said in a speech.

Ayala Corp. chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala attended the launch along with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.