ILIGAN CITY (PIA) — As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to cause disruption to the country’s economy, the provincial government of Lanao del Norte is tapping the help of local rice traders and millers to ensure the sustainability of rice supply in the province.
In a meeting with rice traders and millers in Lanao del Norte on Tuesday, March 31, the provincial government proposed to buy rice from them at a fair price in case the COVID-19 threat will last longer.
“I cannot do it alone, the Provincial Government needs your help. We need you to support us. We have to work as a family and as residents of Lanao del Norte,” said Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo.
The stocks that will be purchased from them will serve as an augmentation to the municipalities that could no longer provide for their constituents.
Dimaporo also asked the rice traders and millers to give priority to the barangays that are distributing rice to the less fortunate and daily earners directly affected by the implementation of the province-wide enhanced community quarantine.
In response, the rice traders and millers unanimously agreed to sell to the Provincial Government at P950 per bag of 25 kilos of regular rice variety.
Also present during the meeting were Provincial Agriculturist Letecia G. Ditucalan; IMT Incident Commander and Provincial Information Officer Lyndon G. Calica; Provincial Legal Officer Lawyer Mark Christopher Babor; Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist John Clifford M. Fernan from the Department of Trade and Industry – Lanao del Norte; and Lenona Lennette M. Tanupis from the National Food Authority. (With reports from PIO-LDN/APB/PIA ICIC)