Innovation, innovation, innovation—brand new initiatives are what PLGU-Davao de Oro calls for to empower the circulation of goods for the benefit of both its people, and the economy, as it continues to brave through the COVID-19 pandemic. Though community quarantines have now reduced strength in terms of restricting people from travelling and opening their businesses, Davao de Oro under its recovery and resilience period and the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), still highly discourages people from leaving their homes to prevent mass gatherings, and to keep the COVID-19 curve from rising any higher. To then bridge the restrictions-caused gaps between the markets and the people, Davao de Oro Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, on July 16, 2020, signed the province’s EO 0050.2020, or the order to create the “DDO ACCESS TO MARKET INITIATIVES”.

Designed to make markets and locally produced goods more accessible through exploiting the advantages of technology and other means, Davao de Oro now officially strengthens the PLGU’s latest market innovations—the DDO Bagsakan, DDO Online Palengke, and the Palengke Bound for Barangays and Pharmacy Bound for Barangays (PBB).  

Acting in accordance with the advisory from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) where LGUs are strongly enjoined to implement innovative measures that would bring basic necessities closer to people, Davao de Oro now promotes and launches three of their latest market initiatives to make both selling and buying processes easier, more accessible, and safer for everyone.

From the Producers to Wholesale Buyers

The DDO Bagsakan was created to serve as an online platform for producers and wholesale buyers to meet halfway while being able to avoid physical contact. The DDO Bagsakan greatly helps local farmers and fishermen, not only through providing a viable avenue to present their products, but by also promoting local product consummation.

Online Markets

Through Facebook, a highly accessible online platform to dabawenyos in the province, DDO Online Palengke pages have also been created per municipality to serve as “online streets” where vendors can sell their goods ranging from dry food and wet market products, to hygiene and medical kits, dry goods, and other basic commodities. Through these pages, sellers can easily communicate with buyers and arrange safe delivery agreements within their municipality.  

Bringing the Market to the People

With a secondary purpose to decongest and prevent mass gatherings in public markets, the PLGU has also mobilized the Palengke and Pharmacy Bound for Barangays (PBB), which are rolling stores or mobile markets that drive around municipalities to deliver and sell food, vegetables, medicine, and other essential goods in barangays around each municipality of the province, to ensure food security while at the same time being able to sustain Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).  

EO 0050.2020, in addition, contains guidelines and the designated task force to act as the enforcing body behind these LGU-led innovations, to secure smooth processes that are in line with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) fair trade practices; and to ensure that all operations are also supervised, monitored, and studied thoroughly. Also acting in preparation for the new normal, these market innovations will be launched province-wide to help both MSMEs and local producers, and make the procurement of basic goods as safe and convenient as possible for each and every dabawenyo.

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