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Dairy, fresh fruits, vegetables and other daily essentials will soon be delivered to your doorsteps by GrabExpress from 40 small farmers and MSMEs participating under the Department of Tourism's (DOT) Philippine Harvest online trade fair.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo–Puyat said the Philippine Harvest will be available starting today, 6 July via Grab Phl. She urged the public to support Philippine agriculture and farm tourism local farmers and food producers through the digital platform.

"Farm tourism isn't just about visiting our farm tourism destinations physically. In this pandemic, we can still practice responsible tourism by patronizing the harvest and produce of our farmers and fisherfolk," Secretary Puyat said.

More app users can now discover Philippine Harvest, with its standout promotional tile featured at the Grab's home page leading to the directory of partner merchants that sell local, organic, artisanal, and indigenous products.

Other products available include chocolates, cooking aids, sauces, coffee, vegan products and pastries.

Buyers can have their Philippine Harvest favorites delivered through the GrabExpress with same–day delivery service, making fresh and processed local food products more accessible to the public.

Merchants can also utilize the GrabExpress web booking portal for the management of logistical needs, enabling the conduct of simultaneous deliveries and tracking of all the orders at the same time.

"Grab Philippines, through its delivery services GrabExpress, Inc., will make their fresh local food harvest readily available at buyers' doorsteps, and that would help mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic crisis on the farmers and micro, small and medium enterprises," the tourism chief explained.

"Grab is committed to leverage on our technology to support local businesses especially as we navigate through this new reality. As we lend our support to the farmers and SME partner–merchants under the Philippine Harvest program of the Department of Tourism, we hope that more Filipinos will support locally grown products," said Brian Cu, President of Grab Philippines.

DOT and delivery service partner, Grab Philippines, signed their collaboration on June 16 with plans to expand it outside Metro Manila.