Pasig City launches ‘mobile palengke’ to lessen crowds in public markets

Aileen Cerrudo

The Pasig City Government has launched a “mobile palengke” (roving grocery store) to lessen crowds in public markets amid the social distancing protocol due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.

The roving store was placed in Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Barangay Pineda, Barangay Ilog, Kapitolyo, and in San Miguel.

According to Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto, the mobile palengke would also help residents amid the mass public transportation ban under the enhanced community quarantine.

The ‘mobile palengke’ sells meat, vegetables, and other commodities found in public markets. The products are also sold at a similar price.

City Environment & Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Officer Allendri Angeles said the ‘mobile palengke’ also encourages residents to eat nutritious food.

Inilalapit po natin ito para kahit paano, hindi kayo kumain ng mga pagkaing maraming preservatives o canned goods […] kahit paano makakatikim po kayo ng masustansyang pagkain, (We are making this accessible so that you are not always eating food with a lot of preservatives or canned goods […] you can still eat nutritious food),” he said.

Barangay officials will be present to make sure residents will still adhere to social distancing.

Pasig City’s ‘mobile palengke’ will go around areas across Pasig from 8:00 a.m. until all products are sold.

To know the exact location of the mobile palengke, locals can visit the official account of the Pasig City Public Information Office. — AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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