Monday, 7 April 2008

Clergy to help in rice distribution


MANILA (PNA)--The Catholic church will help government distribute rice as the country fends off fears of a rice crisis.

Father Mar Castillo, representative of Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, said the National Food Authority (NFA) is allocating at least 50,000 sacks of rice a week for a diocese to distribute in its area of responsibility.

But before this, the dioceses nationwide will have to organize first,” he said in an interview with Catholic-run Radio Veritas.

The initial plan, he said,is to implement it in the National Capital Region (NCR) through the dioceses in Metro Manila. Metro Manila will be the pilot center. Once the system is checked, the plan goes nationwide.

Members of the clergy and government officials met this morning to lay out the details of the campaign.

Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap was among the government officials at the meeting held at the Manila Hotel.

Castillo explained in Filipino that the clergy was tapped to help in the distribution so that delivery will be orderly and that the recipients will receive their share directly.

As such, speculation that distribution is being manipulated to benefit only a few will be out. People have trust that through the Church, they will surely be reached, he said.

Cooperatives in the parishes will also be tapped. (PNA)

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