Nillicent Bautista – The Philippine Star
October 5, 2023 | 12:00am
President Marcos leads the distribution of rice aid to at least 1,000 4Ps beneficiaries at the Taguig City University yesterday.
MANILA, Philippines — President Marcos led the distribution of rice to around 1,000 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries in Taguig City yesterday.
Around 1,000 4Ps beneficiaries under levels 1 (survival) and 2 (subsistence) were given 25 kilograms of rice.
The rice that was distributed came from 42,180 sacks of smuggled rice confiscated by the Bureau of Customs in a warehouse raid in Zamboanga City on Sept. 15.
During his speech, Marcos commended Taguig for its urban farming initiative.
“This is proof that we can grow and farm even if we are in the city,” he said.
Marcos also expressed the administration’s support for Taguig’s urban farming initiative.
“We will intensify this initiative, alongside the programs of the local government, to maintain clean water supply, control flooding and ensure disaster preparedness,” he said.
Mayor Laarni Cayetano, who was present during the distribution, expressed her gratitude to the national government for extending help to the beneficiaries of the 4PS.
In return, Cayetano promised Taguig’s commitment to the national government’s advocacies to promote and uplift all Filipinos.
Four warehouses linked to smuggling
During his speech, Marcos also identified the four warehouses charged by the Bureau of Customs for smuggling and hoarding activities.
“We have filed charges against San Pedro Warehouse, Blue Sakura Agri Grain Corp., F.S. Ostia Rice Mill and the Gold Rush Rice Mill for their illegal activities,” Marcos said.
He said these warehouses face charges of violating the Customs Modernization and Tariffs Act, the Rice Tarification Law and the Anti-agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016.