After two years, the regional food terminal will finally come to fruition.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Central Visayas entered into an agreement in 2020 with the Cebu City Government to build a PHP14-million regional food terminal. On February 22, 2022, two days before Cebu City Charter Day, the city government finally broke ground on the project.
The proposed Central Visayas Regional Food Terminal located at South Road Properties (SRP) is a strategic location as the city currently has no landing area of fresh produce like the Carbon Market.
The food terminal will serve as a central storage and warehousing facility and as a trading center where small farmers and fishermen can directly sell their produce to food processors, institutional buyers, traders, and market vendors. This will basically cut the “middleman system” and will enable the farmers to earn more.
The DA will offer the PHP14 million grant, while the city government will provide the lot area. Two food terminals will be built in the north and the south.
According to the local government, the regional food terminal is the long-term solution to food security in the face of food disasters like the pandemic and Typhoon Odette.