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PWD rice retailer mom gets P15K subsidy

Rice retailer Monina Tugalle, a 42-year-old mother from the municipality of Binalbagan, woke up around 3:00 a.m., Sept. 21, to prepare for a long journey using their tricycle to be driven by her husband.

Being a Person with Disability (PWD) and with weakened legs due to her disease, she was carried onto the tricycle, as she is a toxic goiter patient (hyperthyroidism). They will head to Bacolod City to receive a P15,000 economic relief subsidy for affected rice retailers.

Taking a bus would be difficult for her, so they have no choice but to take an almost 3-hour arduous drive as they travel slowly owing to Monina’s delicate condition.

Arriving at the lobby of the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) on time, the processing took some minutes. In no time, Monina was already holding her P15,000 cash assistance smilingly in a Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) photo documentation.

She had all her documents ready: Business Processing Licensing Office (BPLO) registration, mayor’s permit license, and identification cards.  

Monina is just one of the 211 micro-rice retailers qualified to receive the Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) in the second scheduled payout facilitated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the DSWD on September 21, 2023.

Monina Tugalle receives the P15,000 cash aid for small rice retailers facilitated by the DTI and DSWD in Bacolod City on Sept. 21.

The first payout had 37 recipients from various local government units of the province on September 13 at the Negros Occ. Food Terminal 1.

“This is a big help from the government, and I thank President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for this assistance. We will recover because we did not lose that much, having started selling rice only early this year,” she said slowly, catching her breath each time she spoke due to her malady.

When asked what to do with the assistance received, she straightforwardly said, “P10,000 will go to purchasing rice as capital and the other P5,000 for rice seeds.”

She noted that they must obey Executive Order 39, which placed a ceiling price on regular-milled rice at P41.00 and well-milled rice at P45.

“So we marked down our rice prices. We have to follow the policy of the president,” she said.

In an act of fairness and more than complying with the government’s order, Monina sold their well-milled rice at only P44 and other varieties at lower prices when cheaper rice supplies came in. 

Regular-milled is now only P40 at her rice store. 

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Assistant Regional Director Arwin Razo said there are now 249 rice retailers in the province who have received their rice retail assistance.

Small rice retailer recipient Monina Tugalle, with a cane in hand, tends to her small rice retail store in Binalbagan town. (PIA Negros Occ)
Despite her condition, Monina continues to earn a decent living and adhere to the directives of the government. (PIA Negros Occ)

According to Razo, the department will continue the distribution in Region 6 until they have reached P40 million, which is their working parameter.

He said they are now nearing 50% of their target and will continue implementing the program as President Marcos Jr. directed. (AAL/Lljr/PIA6)

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Lorenzo Lambatin, Jr.


Region 6

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