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250 micro rice retailers to get DSWD subsidy

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development 6 is set to release an initial amount of P3.75 million worth of subsidy as part of the Sustainable Livelihood Program - Economic Relief Subsidy (SLP - ERS) to some 250 micro rice retailers in the region starting September 13.

DSWD 6 regional director Atty.Carmelo N. Nochete said they are fast-tracking the processing of the subsidy so that the micro rice retailers will get the aid as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry identified the rice retailers who will be provided with a maximum of P15,000 subsidy, a one-time assistance due to the rice price cap that affects small rice retailers.

Initial identified small rice retailers in Iloilo City, Bacolod City, and Negros Occidental are set to receive their subsidy on September 13 while Aklan, Antique, Guimaras and Capiz are set on September 14.

In Roxas City, at least 31 qualified rice retailers will receive their respective government subsidy on Sept. 14 for complying with the rice price cap as stipulated in Executive Order No. 39 of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. These include the 29 rice retailers from Teodoro Arcenas Trade Center (TACT) and two others from a public market along Burgos Street, all in this city.

"The subsidy will depend if the recipient is a plain retailer and or selling rice in a sari-sari store," said Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Capiz - Consumer Protection Unit head Merian Asas, adding that a venue and time are being finalized by the DTI and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the release of the assistance.

It may be recalled that the Roxas City Cereals Retailers Association (RCCRA) based at the TATC was among the first to announce and comply with the EO No. 39 in the region after a series of consultations and dialogue with the rice retailers of the DTI, Department Agriculture, and local governments.

Asas noted Capiz vice-governor and Grains Retailers' Confederation of the Philippines Inc. (GRECON) president Jaime Magbanua has helped a lot in the decision of the rice retailers.

The EO puts the price of regular milled rice at P41.00 per kilo and well-milled rice at P45.00 each kilogram.

PIA FILE PHOTO. Members of the Roxas City Cereals Retailers Association at the Teodoro Arcenas Trade Center in Roxas City during a dialogue initiated by the DTI and DA in view of the EO No. 39 implementation.

The implementation of the subsidy, under the SLP – ERS, to help small rice retailers cope with the impact of losses due to the imposition of price ceiling and freezing of rice prices in the country as mandated by the President under Executive Order 39.

For inquiries, the public may reach the DSWD 6 at (033) 330-7860 or email at *(PIA6 with reports from PIA Capiz)

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