Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos urged local government units (LGU) to keep the price of rice low in their areas.
The Ilocos Norte politiko said LGUs can implement various interventions to make sure rice produced in their areas will have reasonable prices.
Marcos cited giving assistance such as fertilizers and seedlings to farmers as well as buying their harvest and selling them at low prices.
“Local government units are the front liners in the war against high prices of basic goods, including rice. LGUs play a major role in securing cheap and steady supply of essential products. We can help keep prices low at the grassroots level,” she said.
“In Ilocos Norte, we have been able to keep prices of rice at an affordable P27 per kilo in the poorest areas in the province. In some parts of the country, rice prices have shot up to as much as P55 to P57 per kilo – way higher than the prevailing prices in Ilocos Norte,” Marcos added.