The Proposed P21-B rice deal of the Department of Agriculture (DA) was approved last night October 3, 2016, by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Agricultural Secretary Emmanuel Pinol explained the reason why the President approved their proposal in compliance with the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps):
Last night, ipinag-utos po ng Pangulo na instead na imported rice ang gagamitin natin sa 4Ps program, yung sa rice rationing, yung mga Filipino farmers na ang magpo-produce.- Pinol
The 4Ps program aims to help the poor families in terms of cash transfers to send their children to a school and even those pregnant women to have regular visits to the healthcare facilities and vaccinations needed.
Twenty-one billion pesos yun. Parang nanalo tayo sa bidding, yung rice farmers parang nanalo sa bidding.
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The Land Bank of the Philippines will finance the needs of local government units, to support the farmers to have more hybrid and certified seeds, fertilizers.
The rice will be available soon at the “Bigasan ng Masa” outlets to meet the rice allowance of 4Ps beneficiaries.


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