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Beng orders continuous monitoring of rice


Mayor Beng Climaco has tasked the Rice Monitoring Team, a group she created through an executive order recently, to continuously intensify monitoring of rice warehouses as well as prices in the market and to ensure that all violations committed by unscrupulous individuals will be dealt with accordingly.

The monitoring team is composed of the Local Government Unit (LGU), National Food Authority (NFA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA) and other concerned agencies including the police and Task Force Zamboanga and was created at the height of the rice shortage situation in the city two weeks ago.

Daily, the team is tasked to submit to the City Mayor’s Office its monitoring report and recommendations if any.

The mayor’s instruction for continuous monitoring of the rice commodity came even as Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on Friday, August 24, declared the rice crisis in Zamboanga as over with the arrival of supplies – both NFA rice and commercial rice.

According to the mayor, the authorities should see to it that prices of rice will be stabilized and that rice is available for the people of Zamboanga.

Secretary Piñol emphasized on Friday that the high prices of current rice supply in the markets is expected because these stocks were bought at a higher price but that he foresees rice prices to stabilize within two to three weeks’ time as NFA and commercial and private rice stocks make their way to Zamboanga City.

Meanwhile, the DA secretary credited the generosity of Mayor Climaco for extending a helping hand to other areas in need despite facing the same rice shortage challenge akin to the Filipino spirit of bayanihan. He said with Zamboanga City sharing the augmented rice, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi have enough rice supply to last for 10 days. (Sheila Covarrubias/PR)

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