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Manila secures 2.5M kilos of rice for residents

Pat C. Santos

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THE 50,000 sacks of rice in storage at the Pritil Market for distribution to Manila residents. Screen grab from FB page of Mayor Isko Moreno

About 50,000 sacks of rice procured by the Manila City government are now ready for distribution for families affected by the crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said on Friday.

Domagoso said they ordered the rice from the National Food Authority (NFA) two weeks ago in anticipation of the extension of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.

“We are now doing some storing in our facilities, hoping in our own little way, to extend food assistance to our people,” Domagoso said during the inspection of sacks of rice at Pritil Market.

“This is going to be delivered by next week in their respective barangays. Hopefully, may awa ang Diyos, because we ordered 50,000 sacks of rice, that’s 2.5 million kilos of rice,” he added.

According to the Mayor, about 571,000 families will benefit from the rice subsidy of the government. At least three kilograms of rice will be given to each family, he said.

“If we have 571,000 families, at three kilos, that’s more or less 1.5 to 1.8 million.  So may buffer pa kami. But it’s better na sobra kung sosobra, para maakap namin hangga’t maaari ang lahat,” he said.

More than 235,000 families have received food boxes provided by the local government through its continuous relief operations.

Likewise, the Manila City government disbursed more than P576 million of funds sourced from the City Amelioration Crisis Assistance Fund (CACAF) to the city’s 896 barangays.

Under the CACAF, more than 500,000 families are set to receive P1,000 cash aid each from the city government.

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