The Provincial Board will summon national government agencies in its regular session next week to look into the steep rise of commercial rice prices in the market and determine possible measures to avert further increases.
Board Member Roseller Pineda said they will invite officials from the Department of Agriculture (DA), Office of the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to their session.
He noted that the prices of commercial rice in the local markets now range from P55 to as high as P70 per kilo.
“Napakataas, kawawa talaga ang mga tao,” he said.
He said they want to know the status of rice supply in the province and the stability of prices.
“Gusto natin malaman kung may sapat ba o secure ba ang supply ng bigas dito sa probinsya, lalo na sa darating pa na mga buwan,” he said.
The NFA has started recently the selling of lower-priced government rice to accredited traders but its limited supply has failed to control the continued increase in the prices of commercial rice that are mainly sourced from Metro Manila.
The provincial government last year mapped a plan to boost local rice production in a bid to become self-sufficient when it comes to rice supply.
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