The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has presented a comprehensive three-year action plan aimed at addressing the nation’s food logistics issues, as part of its efforts to bolster food security.
During a post-State of the Nation Address (SONA) discussion on food security, Trade Undersecretary Ruth Castelo revealed that the DTI has shared a food logistics action agenda with the nation’s economic team.
The proposed plan revolves around the implementation of a supply chain control tower strategy to manage the logistical complexities associated with the nation’s food supply.
According to Castelo, adopting a control tower approach would enable real-time monitoring of food availability, pricing, demand, and potential disruptions, facilitating effective management of food security concerns, reduction of food waste, and resolution of other food-related challenges.
The six-point action agenda entails transforming the Philippine food distribution system from farm to port, reducing transport and logistics costs through the moratorium on pass-through fees and additional board fees imposition, and increasing investments in logistics infrastructure, including transportation and storage.
Furthermore, the plan addresses critical supply chain gaps such as logistics and distribution, post-harvest management, market linkages, market information, and market access to finance.
Enhanced enforcement measures against smuggling, overstaying of food imports, and monitoring of warehouses or cold storage facilities, along with leveraging information and communication technology (ICT) to improve logistics performance through streamlined government permits, licenses, and integrated logistics ecosystem systems, also form part of the agenda.