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PBBM to lead the distribution of seized imported rice in Antique

SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) -- President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. is scheduled to visit this province on Oct. 6 to lead the distribution of confiscated imported rice to beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Some 1,000 4Ps households here whose level of well-being is either Survival (Level 1) or Subsistence (Level 2), based on the Social Welfare Development Indicator (SWDI), were identified as recipients by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Each 4Ps household beneficiary will receive a 25-kilogram sack of rice, which is part of the 42,180 sacks of smuggled rice forfeited by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in a warehouse raid in Zamboanga City in September this year.

Instead of disposal, the President ordered its donation to DSWD for distribution to the poorest Filipino families in the country, noting in his previous engagements that the confiscated rice went through legal proceedings prior to distribution and is safe for consumption.

President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. delivers his message during the distribution of confiscated smuggled rice to 4Ps beneficiaries in the City of Manila, September 26. (Courtesy: RTVM)

President Marcos, in his speech at the same distribution activity in Manila, also expressed his administration’s commitment to stopping the illegal activities of rice hoarders, smugglers, and price manipulators who burden the public.

Some of the confiscated sacks of rice were already distributed to communities in Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Cavite, Camarines Sur, and Surigao del Norte, and will continue to be distributed in other parts of the country.

President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. waves at 4Ps beneficiaries during the distribution of seized imported rice in the City of Manila, September 26. (Courtesy: RTVM)

Further, in Antique, the President will also lead the provision of P1.4 million worth of DSWD Seed Capital Fund (SCF) to five organized Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) associations engaged in bakery, cattle raising, and enterprise on rice and fishing supplies.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will also give out over P1 million worth of financial assistance to at least 240 scholars under different scholarships, such as the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) and Tulong Trabaho Scholarship Program (TTSP), among others.

Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will turnover a check amounting to P1.9 million under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) to the local government of Bugasong town for the various livelihood projects for farmers and workers in the informal sector.

The distribution of forfeited smuggled rice and other aid to Antiqueños will take place at Binirayan Sports Complex in the capital town of San Jose de Buenavista.

The President will also lead the same distribution activity in the neighboring provinces of Capiz and Aklan. (AGP/BPS/PIA Antique with reports from the Presidential Communications Office/Photos courtesy of Radio Television Malacañang)

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