‘Tulong sa Bayan’ gets more rice from Isabela rice traders
The National Food Authority (NFA) said that more affordable quality rice from Isabela Province are now available to consumers after 20 trucks with 14,000 bags were delivered yesterday to rice retailers in the different parts of Metro Manila as part of the “Tulong sa Bayan” project.
The newly delivered rice will be sold at P39 per kilogram.
Grains retailers from Parañaque, Tondo, Malabon, Caloocan, Marikina, Batasan Hills and Parkway Village in Quezon City, Parañaque, and in Tanza, Cavite received most of the rice deliveries.
Ernesto Subia, president of Isabela Rice Millers Association, said this is only an initial delivery as part of the “Tulong sa Bayan” program, which is a commitment by private rice traders and retailers to President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Nag commit kami sa presidente (Duterte) na magdedeliver kami ng 100,000 bags every month, or as necessary. Hangga’t wala pang stocks ang NFA, ang commitment namin, tuloy-tuloy,” Subia said.
Last month during their meeting in Malacañang, rice trader groups from Isabela, Bulacan, and Nueva each committed to deliver 100,000 bags or a total of 300,000 every month for Metro Manila, to be sold by retailers to consumers at P39.00 per kg, until such time that NFA will be able to replenish its stocks through importation.
The Tulong sa Bayan caravan is a joint initiative of the Office of the President, the Confederation of Grains Retailers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (GRECON), the Philippine Confederation of Grains Associations (Philcongrains) and NFA.