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PIA Press Release
2008/07/07

MOA for Sagip Batang Manggagawa signed; NFA assures Abra has comfortable rice supply

by Maritess Beņas

Bangued, Abra (7 July) -- The Memorandum of Agreement between and among the participating agencies in the implementation of the Sagip Batang Manggagawa was signed during this month's regular meeting of the Provincial Law Enforcement Coordinating Council sponsored by the Provincial Social Welfare & Development Office at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall on July 3.

The partner-agencies in the Sagip Batang Manggagawa of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) are the Department of Interior and Local Government with the Philippine National Police as Action Officer, the Philippine Information Agency as the Advocacy Officer, the Department of Education and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office as support agencies and the DOLE as the lead agency and secretariat.

The Sagip Batang Manggagawa aims to save the children who are forced into labor because children are the most vulnerable sectors of society who are the easy prey of abuse and alienation. The committee would like to keep all these children out of these dangers so they could enjoy their life as children and be given the opportunity to live normally.

On the other hand, Cecilia Concuvierta, manager of the National Food Authority assured the body that Abra has no problem with rice supply.

"While NFA may not be in the position to declare Abra has sufficient rice supply, NFA, however, can safely say that Abra has a comfortable stock of rice that would sustain the grains requirement of the province in the next few months," Concuvierta stressed.

The prices of NFA imported rice are P18.25 per kilo, P25.00 per kilo and a better quality is yet to come at P35.00 per kilo.

The manager likewise informed that rice distribution system in Abra is in place to ensure accessibility and availability of rice for all the people. The NFA has accredited outlets in all the towns in the province and their rolling stores are also giving support to these accredited retailers by going to the various towns and barangays in coordination with the mayors and barangay captains. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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