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Roxas City gives residents monthly rice subsidy

ROXAS CITY, Capiz (PIA) -- The Roxas City government recently distributed 15-kilo imported rice as a subsidy to each qualified indigent household in the city under its “Bugas para sa Taga Roxas” program.

This is one of the thrusts of Roxas City mayor Ronnie Dadivas to help address the food security concerns of the city residents. 

Roxas City mayor Ronnie Dadivas leads the rice subsidy distribution to 268 beneficairies in Brgy. 8. (Photo courtesy of Roxas City mayor Ronnie Dadivas Facebook page)

Roxas City Information Division head Melvin Galagate said that a total of 40,000 qualified families will be granted 15 kilos of rice monthly.

Galagate added that during the pandemic, they distributed rice allowance to more than 45,000 families living in area and their rice stocks now are all imported. 

In one of the distributions, Dadivas said that the food security initiative will be sustained under his administration. 

“Naga-panawagan ako sa tanan nga magbinuligay kag kinahanglan ang suporta agud nga tayuyon ang mga programa kag proyekto sang gobyerno ilabi na sa ti-on sang krisis (I am asking everyone that we need to help and 

support each other so that the programs and projects of the government will be sustained especially during the times of crisis),” Dadivas noted.

One of the beneficiaries from Brgy. Banica conveyed her appreciation to the city government, especially amid the rising prices of commodities in the market.

“Fifty- eight pesos na ang kilo sang bugas dira sa tyangge, tambak na amon utang. Hay wala ka mahimo kay kabos man ang kwarta. Daku-dako gid ang pasalamat ko kay naga-abot gyapon ang 15 kilos nga bugas ni mayor- libre na, maayo pa nga klase (The kilo of rice in the sari-sari store is now P58.00 and our debt is piling up. However, we cannot do anything because we are in short of money. I am very grateful because of the 15-kilo rice from the mayor- it is not only free but also  of good class),” one of the beneficiaries added.

It can be recalled that Pres. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., issued Executive Order No. 39, putting a price cap on rice to ease off the increasing price of the staple food caused by hoarding and price manipulation in the country.

Beneficiaries from Brgy. Banica receive 15 kilos of rice each from the Roxas City government. (Photo courtesy of Roxas City mayor Ronnie Dadivas Facebook page)

In line with this, the Roxas City Grains Retailers Association (RCGRA) based at the Teodoro Arcenas Trade Center here is one of the first rice retailers in the region who committed support for the imposition of Mandated Price Ceiling in the regular-milled rice and well-milled rice. (AGP/PLF/PIA Capiz)

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Pia Lorraine Francisco

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