The Department of Tourism (DOT) launched the Philippine Harvest e-commerce site phharvestdot.com in partnership with IT solutions company Cloud Panda PH recently.
Phharvestdot.com is a stand–alone online platform that aims to promote Philippine culture through food that consists of organic, artisanal, and indigenous products produced locally. The Philippine Harvest e-commerce site also aims to help local farmers and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) affected by the economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat encouraged the public to maximize the use of the internet by supporting local businesses.
Philippine Harvest products can also be delivered by the merchants straight to the customer, making culinary experience more obtainable to every Filipino household.
Partner-merchants of Philippine Harvest will have access to the business tools available in the online platform, such as order tracking, inventory management, product catalogues, and links to their social media sites, among others.
“Cloud Panda has been developing applications and software that provide assistance to businesses. We are happy to be working with them now more than ever, knowing that they will help us strengthen the Philippine Harvest initiative in making Philippine-made products readily available to the Filipinos,” Puyat said.
“Our country’s agricultural harvest is considerably vast, it only needs an effective channel to reach the right consumer, and I believe the technology that we have today can help us achieve that goal,” Cloud Panda PH co-founder Carlito Macadangdang said.
For his part, Cloud Panda PH co-founder Jonathan So, said: “I believe that the Philippine Harvest initiative is the right path in moving people and producing towards a common goal, to help feed the economy during these trying times.”
The DOT’s Philippine Harvest started its online leg on April 22 through its Facebook page at facebook.com/PhilippineHarvest, and was also made available via Grab Philippines on July 6.
DOT is inviting everyone to support farmers and small business owners by buying locally made organic and artisanal products at phharvestdot.com