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by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol

Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority

The MinDA Tienda sa Cordillera opens in November 14 in Baguio City even when the team from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and some perishable goods are still stuck in the flooded areas of the Bicol Region due to Typhoon Ulysses.

Baguio City Mayor Benjie Magalong will lead the opening ceremonies of what was supposed to be a 2-day activity but which maybe extended for another day or two because of the late arrival of some of the perishable fruits from Mindanao.

Already available in the opening day today are Durian, Mangosteen, Pomelo, Mindanao Beef, Canned Chicken and Ready to Eat Meals in cans, handicraft items and dried fish from the Bangsamoro Region.

A small team from MinDA based in Manila along with officials of Eng Seng Food Products who have been supporting MinDA Tienda will be in the opening ceremonies today.

The main MinDA team led by Asst. Sec. Cherry Santos Akbar are still stranded in Quezon Province waiting for the floodwaters in the highway to subside.

I and my team had to turn back upon reaching Allen, Samar after I was informed by NDRRMC Undersecretary Ric Jalad that it would take days before the floodwaters would subside.

In spite of these setbacks, the MinDA Tienda sa Cordillera will go on as scheduled.

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