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DA adds 3 more KADIWA centers in large-scale trial of P29 rice progam

Author: DA Press Office | 9 July 2024

The Department of Agriculture is expanding its P29 rice program by adding three more KADIWA centers in Metro Manila to the large-scale trial of selling low-priced but good quality rice to reach more vulnerable households.

Last weekend, the DA kicked-off the large-scale trial by offering P29 per kilo rice to senior citizens, persons with disabilities, solo parents and members of government’s 4Ps program in 10 KADIWA sites in Metro Manila and in San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan.

DA Assistant Secretary for Consumer and Legislative Affiars Genevieve Velicaria-Guevarra, who oversees the KADIWA program, said the three additional sites will be in Malabon, Navotas, and Nangka, Marikina. She said three more sites may be opened in two neighboring provinces of Metro Manila before end July.

“We continue to learn from this large-scale trial, particularly on the demand for low-priced rice, amount and source of supply, and logistics needed to sustain this program and expand it across the country. We are also looking at areas outside Metro Manila where there are plenty of vulnerable households. President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. wants to make sure this program will benefit the most number of Filipinos at the longest time possible,” said Asec. Guevarra.

Aside from P29 rice, selected KADIWA centers will also start selling the food staple under the “Rice-for-All” program, where well-milled rice will be made available to general consumers at prices lower than prevailing market prices of the same quality grain.

Agriculture Secretary Francisco P. Tiu Laurel, Jr. had earlier asked all local government units in Metro Manila to identify suitable sites for KADIWA centers to expand the reach of President Marcos’ program to provide more  affordably-priced food to a larger number of Filipinos.

KADIWA centers provide a rent-free market place for farmers cooperatives and associations to sell their harvest and produce like vegetables, fish, eggs, pork and chicken at wholesale prices. Other food producers also sell discounted canned and manufactured goods. ###

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