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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

18 rice retailers in Kalinga receive over P.2M cash subsidy

Tabuk City, Kalinga – To compensate them for their losses with the implementation of the price cap in the country, 18 micro-rice retailers in the province received P15,000 each on Friday, Sept. 22.

The price capping was mandated by Executive Order 39, which set the price of well-milled rice at P45 per kilogram and P41 per kilogram for regular-milled rice.

The implementation of the order started on the 5th day of September this year.

Through the Department of Social and Welfare's Sustainable Livelihood Program, the micro retailers were awarded a total of P270,000 in cash subsidies.

Selected recipients were those who complied with the collaborative profiling conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Agriculture, the Philippine National Police, and local government units.

Meanwhile, DTI Kalinga said the cash assistance distribution was made for both licensed and unlicensed rice retailers. Sari-sari store owners even benefited from the cash aid.

As explained, what they did is in line with the mandate of the price cap’s executive order that government agencies involved in the program should ensure inclusivity on the list of recipients.

To recall, 75 micro-retailers in the region who were also affected by the said executive order received the same amount of assistance on Sept. 14.

Recipients include 55 retailers from Baguio and Benguet, four from Kalinga, 14 from Abra, and 1 from Apayao.

Meanwhile, in an earlier interview with GTV, DSWD top official Rex Gatchalian said an increase in the P15,000 cash assistance might be implemented soon once it will be made known that the aid is not enough.



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