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Cebu governor says province to sell NFA rice at P20/kilo soon

MANILA, Philippines – Cebu province will be the first to sell rice from the National Food Authority (NFA) at P20 per kilo, Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia announced Wednesday.

Garcia made the announcement, which if implemented will “fulfill President Ferdinand Marcos’ campaign promise”, during a formal meeting of all mayors of the province at the Cebu capitol building 

The Cebu governor stressed that her province will be the first to sell NFA rice at P20 per kilo. The sale, subsidized by the province, will be offered first to indigent families. 

“It will be Cebu that will be the first to be able to sell NFA rice at P20 per kilo, fulfilling the President's promise,” Governor Garcia announced amid the rice harvest season. 

The Cebu provincial government allocated a budget of P100 million to buy NFA rice, in line with President Marcos’ program for the NFA to buy palay at a higher farmgate price. 

To recall, farmers’ groups across the country expressed satisfaction with Malacanang's directives to the Department of Agriculture provide free rice seeds, fertilizers and technical support.

The President had also ordered the NFA to buy palay from farmers at a higher farmgate price for them to enjoy higher income, while also selling rice in the market for a lower price.