Source: Department of Agriculture Western Visayas

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is looking to provide government workers with rice allowance, he bared in an interview that aired on Tuesday.

In an interview with TV host Toni Gonzaga, the president said the rice to be distributed would be bought by the government.

“I’m going to initiate, at least for the government workers, the rice allowance. Part of the sweldo, ang pagbayad is in rice para nakakatiyak tayo, everybody, every family will have rice,” Marcos Jr. said.

He said the initiative could increase the demand for rice in the country and help rice producers in the process.

“What’s going to happen is magkakaroon ng demand kasi bibili ng marami yung gobyerno e and then we will talk to other corporations. Marami naman sa dun malalaking korporasyon mayroon na silang rice allowance e. So we will institutionalize it. So at the very least, mayroon tayong ganun,” he said.

During the “ToniTalks” interview, the president also said his campaign promise to bring down to P20 per kilo the price of rice would be difficult to fulfill.

“There’s a way to do it but it will take a while. We have to return NFA (National Food Authority) to its old function,” he said.

“Pag mabuo natin yung value chain, we will make savings at every step…and then the world market will slowly be better, we might just make it to P20. But it’s a long road there. It’s not gonna be easy,” he added. John Ezekiel J. Hirro