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PIA Press Release
2008/07/09

Commercial rice sells for as low as P38 in Leyte

Tacloban City (June 9) -- People can now buy commercial rice for as low as P38.00 per kilo in the province of Leyte.

This was learned through a random survey of the commercial rice dealers at the Tacloban Supermarket and in several markets in Tacloban City and in the province.

At the Tacloban Supermarket, commercial rice may be bought at P38.00 to P46.00 per kilo.

At the Palo Public Market, commercial rice could be obtained at the cheapest price of P39.00 per kilo.

It was learned that National Food Authority Region 8 Manager Ben Marta recently had a dialogue with the Rice Millers in the Region requesting them to make available commercial rice at a price lower than P40.00.

The reaction of the local rice millers was very positive, the NFA source disclosed. In fact, several rice millers immediately pledged to make cheaper commercial rice available to the rice retailers.

Thus, lower priced commercial rice has been made available and the consumers can now choose which rice they want to buy according to affordability or according to rice quality.

One thing is clear, however. There is really no shortage of rice in the province. And the reason why there is long queue for NFA rice is because of its price which is considered much cheaper with the rice quality better.

Furthermore, not only the poorest of the poor are able to avail of the cheap rice at the Tindahan Natin in the barangays but also those who are considerably better off than the poorest families.

Perhaps when the DSWD is able to really come out with the Family Access Cards, the queue will no longer be that long.

Moreso, when those who do not belong to the poorest of the poor will learn to give way, perhaps things will get to be better and no long queue will be experienced. (PIA 8) [top]

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