THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Northern Mindanao has started the payouts to affected rice retailers who have fully complied with the Executive Order 39.

According to DTI-Northern Mindanao Information Officer Julie Nieva, they have already started the payouts on September 13, 2023.

"Sa atoang padayon nga assistance together with DSWD, naa ta’y financial assistance nga ihatag sa atoang mga affected micro retailers, mao nang dili pud sila angay nga mabalaka kay gacontinue ta og work on ani," Nieva said.

The DTI regional information officer also assured that they will speed up the creation and submission of the list, verification and actual monitoring in the market.

Nieva added that they will go to the area to check and verify if these rice retailers have really complied with the law.

Meanwhile, the National Food Authority-Northern Mindanao has extended technical support to classify rice in coordination with the local price coordinating councils in the region.