Export group eyes gov’t partnership on post-harvest facility

Export group eyes gov’t partnership on post-harvest facility

By BEN D. ARCHE, Correspondent

DAVAO City – A Davao-based Philippine Exporter Association (Philexport) is interested to tie up with the government through private-public partnership (PPP) in managing a post-harvest procession facility in Barangay Ilang this city.

In a recent Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City here, Philexpo-Davao President Ferdinand Marañon said they asked the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to let the Philexpo manage the First Oriental facility.

The 30-hectare facility in Barangay Ilang is now under the ownership of the LBP.
Philexport originally owns the facility until it experienced financial difficulties in 1997 which leads to the transfer of ownership to LBP.
“The facility is very important especially for the food sector in Davao City as they will really need post-harvest facility that offers affordable services,” Marañon said.
LBP will soon start the bidding of the facility to interested investor.
Marañon feared that if the winning bidder chooses to venture into another line of business not similar to post-harvest facility, this will really has an impact to the city’s agricultural sector that also depends on export-quality products.

Although a similar facility is now being built in neighboring Panabo City, but Marañon said this does not affect their plan to pursue a partnership with the government.

Marañon added the facility in Panabo City is for the farmers of Panabo City, and the facility in Davao City is for the farmers of Davao City.

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