Local pop-up stores offer P20 per Kilo Rice for indigent families in Cebu.
The Cebu Provincial Government recently launched Sugbo Merkadong Barato pop-up stores where indigent families in the area can purchase P20 per kilogram of rice. These stores will reportedly be available in all the local government units of the province.
To qualify for the purchase of the 20-peso/kilo rice, indigent families in Cebu must be pre-listed by the town and city social welfare office. Moreover, they are only allowed to purchase up to five kilograms of rice per week.
“This fulfills the promise of President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. of selling rice at its most affordable,” Governor Gwen Garcia announced on Facebook. Aside from National Food Authority (NFA) rice for sale at 20 pesos per kilo, she also mentioned that Magnolia Foods Corporation has set up its stall, selling chicken and more of their products at way below supermarket prices.
The launch at the Talisay City Hall was also reportedly graced by other key government officials of the province, as well as House Speaker Martin Romualdez. In his speech, he remarked, “Ngayong araw, napatunayan ng mga Sugbuanon na hindi imposibleng makamit ang pangarap na magkaroon sa merkado ng de-kalidad na bigas sa halagang 20 pesos bawat kilo.”
“The model adopted by Cebu in providing rice at P20 per kilo is indeed revolutionary and needs to be replicated in all parts of the country,” Romualdez added.
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