Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos called on local government units to emulate the provincial government’s practices to keep rice prices reasonable.
The Ilocos Norte politiko said the provincial government had rolled out Kadiwa pop-up stores that sells rice at low prices.
“I am a GI (Genuine Ilocano) so I really get mad when prices of basic goods spiral out of control – and that is what is happening now. Basic goods are no longer affordable,” Marcos lamented.
She explained that high food prices adversely affect the lives of the poor.
“Because of interventions from our provincial government, we have successfully maintained low prices of basic goods. For the poorest of our people, food accounts for almost 60 percent of their income. Price increases really have an adverse effect on their income, on their cost of living, unless we help tide them over,” Marcos said.
“Pop-up stores are the appropriate design technology now because these can be rapidly deployed and dismantled, and can carry more stocks of goods. When the intense need for the Kadiwa goods has subsided, the pop-up stores can be redeployed to the next high-poverty communities,” she added.