IPs sell their goods in Clark Freeport marketplace


The Clark Development Corporation’s (CDC) opens a space for Aeta vendors, in their own marketplace inside a commercial area in the Clark Freeport.


CLARK, PAMPANGA, Philippines — The CDC’s External Affairs Division (EAD) has partnered with the Department of Agriculture in order to give direct suppliers an opportunity to sell their goods at the Clark Freeport.

The marketplace, named “Ayta Na”, has seventy-nine Aeta vendors selling their goods to the public.

The agribusiness and souvenir market soft opened on 15 October 2021, with the grand inauguration of the complete facility slated for 17 November 2021, with the CDC aiming to support even more indigenous peoples in the marketplace.

The IP vendors have undergone training with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to make sure that the vendors are informed of proper pricing and quality of perishable products, according to CDC Capacity Building Officer Lycia Marzan.

Despite the formal opening occurring more than a week from now, the marketplace is free to visit. Ayta Na is open daily, with a wet market section open during Fridays and Saturdays, and a plant section open daily—including holidays.

The marketplace is one of CDC-EAD’s initiatives towards helping the Aeta communities that reside around the freeport, and is part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Products sold in the marketplace range from souvenir items crafted by the IPs, to fresh produce, like seafood, fruits and vegetables, desserts and delicacies, and plants—all hailing from the surrounding areas, such as Tarlac, Candaba, Sasmuan, Arayat, Porac, and Baguio City. (RF/JuanManila)

Featured image: Joyful Aeta vendors find their place to do business, a wonderful opportunity that is part of Clark Development Corporation social responsibility programs throughout the year. /Credit: CDC-EAD

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