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Over 170 micro rice retailers receive cash assistance from DSWD in Zambo Norte

DIPOLOG CITY, Sep. 13 (PIA) – In response to the rising concerns of small-time rice retailers regarding the newly issued price cap on regular-milled and well-milled rice, the national government sought to alleviate said concerns with a cash assistance amounting to Php. 15,000.00.

The payout for Zamboanga del Norte was conducted at the Provincial Convention Center on September 12 this year as part of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program – Economic Relief Subsidy (SLP-ERS).

The Department of the Interior and Local Government was also present during the program alongside the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with the latter having been given the role of identifying affected retailers and sari-sari store across the nation.

They immediately started monitoring, identifying, targeting, and validating micro rice retailers in the province a few short days following the issuance of the price cap.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) was also present, represented by Zamboanga del Norte Agricultural Program Coordinator, George Vallente who revealed that they are currently undergoing training under the National Food Authority (NFA) to further sharpen their knowledge and skills in distinguishing regular-milled and well-milled rice from other classifications for their Bantay Presyo Monitoring in order to ensure the regulation of rice prices in the market.

Judith Realiza, one of the beneficiaries, expressed her gratitude to the government for hearing their concerns and taking immediate action.

According to Rosalie Bolo from the DSWD’s Central Office, Zamboanga del Norte has the highest number of micro rice retailers in Zamboanga Peninsula with over 170 identified beneficiaries. (RVC/EDT/PJF/PIA9-Zamaboanga del Norte)

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Pamela Joyce Fumero

Information Officer - I

Region 9

A psychology graduate with latin honors from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology, Pamela is a registered psychometrician currently employed as a writer and information officer at the Philippine Information Agency's Region IX - Zamboanga del Norte Information Center.

As an information officer, she attends meetings and provides coverage for both government and nongovernment events that benefit the Filipino people.

She also writes feature and news stories which can be found on PIA's official website. 

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