A NEWS story in one of the morning dailies reported that the Department of Agriculture (DA) was proposing that instead of a monthly P600 cash assistance, the rice equivalent should instead be given to beneficiaries of the 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) program.

Agriculture Undersecretary Roger Navarro was quoted as saying that "distributing rice instead of money to 4Ps beneficiaries could help lower rice inflation, which soared to a 14-year record high of 22.4 percent last month."

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