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Straight from Mindanao: Isko Moreno orders organic rice for Manila’s senior citizens

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Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered 500 metric tons of black, red, and brown organic rice from Mindanao for the city’s senior citizens.

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the advance purchase, worth P40 million, is a big boost to farmers ahead of the “MinDA Tienda sa Manila” trade fair in October.

Piñol said Moreno liked his idea of giving a gift pack of organic rice to Manila’s 150,000 senior citizens.

“I also suggested to Mayor Isko that another great gift item for his senior citizens would be organic vegetables and organic chicken, soon to be produced in the Balik Probinsya resettlement areas now being established in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, and Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte,” Piñol said.

Various products from Mindanao, including the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, will be featured during the “MinDA Tienda in Manila 2020.” The trade fair will be held from Oct. 23 to 25, 2020 at the Mehan Garden beside the Manila City Hall.