- The government of South Korea has donated rice supply to calamity victims in the Philippines
- The rice donation was given to help the families affected by the natural calamities that happened last year
- It all arrived last March and it will be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for distribution
- Meanwhile, Agriculture Secretary William Dar thanked the South Korean government for their generosity
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The Department of Agriculture (DA) announced on Tuesday that the South Korean government has donated lots of rice supply to the Philippines.
KAMI learned that the South Korean government gave 950 metric tons for the Filipinos who were affected by natural calamities and disasters last year.
In a statement, the DA said that the rice donation arrived last March at the ports and was temporarily kept at National Food Authority (NFA) warehouses.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar also expressed his gratitude to the Republic of Korea for their generosity and for helping the country.
“On behalf of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, we would like to thank President Moon Jae-in and the people of the Republic of Korea for their generosity in helping our countrymen who suffered and survived a series of earthquake in Mindanao and flooding in Cagayan Valley,” he said.
“South Korea’s donation is a manifestation of your country’s dependable support and concern to the Filipino people, and rest assured the rice will go beyond its initial intended purpose,” he added.
The NFA is expected to turn over the rice donation to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the distribution to the affected families in Regions XI, XII, and Cagayan Valley.
In a different statement, the DA announced that it would be distributing a P5,000 cash subsidy to 600,000 farmers affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
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