Docu on rice airs today

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This Sunday, join Jessica Soho together with award-winning documentarists Kara David, Maki Pulido and Atom Araullo as they present and seek answers to one of the most pressing issues of today in “Walang Unli-Rice: A GMA News and Public Affairs Special.”

Long before daybreak, 81-year-old Antonia Alconis endures the long queue in Pasig Public Market to buy cheap NFA rice which is sold at P27 a kilo. She is just one of over a hundred people in line. The situation is the same in many other public markets with people scrambling to purchase the government rice.

KARA David interviews a woman waiting to purchase NFA rice.

As the supply of NFA rice runs out in warehouses, the price of commercial rice has also begun to soar. In Mindanao where poverty remains at alarming levels, rice is now considered a luxury. The family of Albasin and Norain Tanjilani, residents of an island part of Zamboanga now totally abstain from taking rice with their meals. They say it was in the month of June when they last ate a cup of rice. Back then, the price of rice was just at P30 to P40 per kilo but has since surged to P65 to P70 a kilo in their area. They now eat kamoteng kahoy instead of rice.

“Walang Unli-Rice” aims to show the current plight of ordinary folk as they struggle to make ends meet amidst the high price of commodities, especially rice — the most important food for most Filipinos. Beyond the poorest of the poor, middle class households also feel the pinch with inflation at a nine year high of 6.4 percent in August — with the price of rice is seen as one of the most essential inflation drivers.

THE documentary aims to show the plight of ordinary folks as they struggle to afford high commodities.

Don’t miss “Walang Unli-Rice,” this Sunday, 3:45 p.m. on GMA 7. Kapuso viewers abroad can also catch it on GMA Pinoy TV. For the program guide, visit www.gmapinoytv.com.

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