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PIA Press Release
2007/09/06

PGMA assures nation of sufficient rice supply despite Luzon dry spell

Manila (6 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo assured the nation of a steady supply of rice as she flew to Sydney, Australia today to meet with other "heads of economies" in this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting on Sept. 8-9.

In her departure statement, President Arroyo bid the nation farewell, "pero bago ako umalis, ibig nating ipanatag ang loob ng mga pamilyang naapektuhan ng pagka-antala ng ani ng palay dahil sa tagtuyot sa Luzon."

The President assured the affected population that her administration has acted to stem the increase in rice prices, and also to alleviate the shortage in the markets of the P18-per kilo rice variety distributed by the National Food Authority (NFA).

"Kumikilos na ang pamahalaan upang pigilan ang pagtaas ng presyo ng bigas, at ang kakulangan sa mga palengke ng bigas sa pangmasang halaga na P18 kada kilo," she said.

The President revealed that in last Tuesday's Cabinet meeting, she ordered the Department of Agriculture and the NFA to immediately source rice from the Visayas and Mindanao and bring these to Metro Manila, and to hasten the delivery of NFA rice to markets where rice prices have been reportedly increasing, and where the supply of NFA rice is dwindling.

"Sa pulong ng Gabinete noong Martes, inatasan na natin ang Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka at ang National Food Authority na bilisan ang pagpapadala ng bigas sa mga pamilihan kung saan tumataas ang presyo at walang mabiling bigas ng NFA sa halagang P18 isang kilo.

"Inutusan natin si Secretary Arthur Yap na dagliang hakutin ang bigas na sagana sa Bisaya at Mindanao, at dalhin ito sa Metro Manila.

"Bukod dito, kukuha ang NFA sa kanilang mga bodega upang makapagbigay ng mahigit sa 30 percent na bigas sa Kamaynilaan."

President Arroyo further assured, thus: "Titiyakin nating sapat at abot-kaya ang bigas para sa taong-bayan, at tututukan natin ito kahit na nasa APEC meeting ako." (OPS) [top]

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