The Department of Agriculture (DA) will launch the "Rice for All" program this July with the aim of making cheaper rice available to all citizens.

Under the program, rice will be sold at prices between P45.00 and P48.00 per kilo to the public.

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Rice sold under the Rice for All program will be a mix of imported and locally well-milled rice sourced from partner cooperatives of farmers and private traders.

Moreover, it is possible that rice prices under the program may further decrease due to falling global prices. From US$543 per metric ton in May, the price of rice on the global market decreased to US$531 per metric ton this June.

Meanwhile, those in vulnerable sectors, such as members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), senior citizens, solo parents, and persons with disabilities (PWDs), can buy rice for P29.00 per kilo at Kadiwa sites, including the Food Terminal Incorporated in Barangay Western Bicutan, Taguig City.

The selling of rice for P29.00 per kilo has begun testing at 10 Kadiwa stores, including FTI-Taguig, the Bureau of Animal Industry Dome and National Irrigation Administration in Quezon City; the Bureau of Plant Industry in Malate, Manila; the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority in Las Piñas; Bayani Fernando Central Terminal or BFCT and Barangay Fortune in Marikina; and a few other locations in Caloocan, Valenzuela, and San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.