To help prevent overpricing and ensure availability of goods in the towns, basic commodities like rice and corn grits as well as canned goods will be supplied in “bagsakan centers” in various local government units (LGUs).
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said that the Cebu Provincial Government will help provide basic commodities, in coordination with line agencies, but these goods are up for sale.
“Dili ni libre, ha? Ang atong tuyo ani nga malikayan ang overpriced items,” Garcia said.
“Warning ni sa tanang nag-overprice kay ipasira ta nang ilang mga business ug ikiha sa Kapitolyo,” Garcia added.
The bagsakan centers will be selling NFA rice at P27 per kilo.
FREE FOOD PACKS
What would be distributed free is the food packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development 7 with around five kilos rice and canned goods.
However, the food packs are for those displaced from their workplaces and sectors affected by the 2019 Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) such as hotels, resorts, restaurants, tourism-related establishments, entertainment joints, amusement parks, among others.
In order to compensate economic losses the situation did to the workers of the said sectors, the Boracay model of the Sustainable Livelihood Program adopted by the DSWD will be implemented in the Province, Garcia also said.
The Boracay model has something to do with the dynamics of the release of government assistance to thousands of residents and workers affected by Boracay’s temporary closure in 2018. (Eleanor Valeros)