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SPEU offers rice loan to stem COVID-19 impact

ALABEL, Sarangani (March 29, 2020) - In response to the worsening dilemma over Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Sarangani Provincial Employees’ Union (SPEU) offers rice loan for its members.

Amelia Catolico, SPEU vice president for operations said, “we are all aware of the present crisis our country is facing, and the Governor and the rest of the officials are doing the best possible solutions to prevent the spread of the virus, that is why in the union we initiated to give a little support to our members to at least subsist this crisis.”

On March 27, the SPEU announced it offers rice loan as initial immediate support to its members grappling with the COVID-19 crisis.

“In our own little way, we could be of help to Sarangani Province. Basic commodities especially rice is the main concern, thus we extend rice loan allowance for every member,” Catolico said.

“We will be offering rice loan with minimal interest payable on midyear bonus."

“Only 1% interest per month, meaning if they will avail P1,000 worth of rice the interest would be P10 per month.”

To avail the rice loan, the union members should “fill out the rice loan form, then they will be given an authority to get the rice.”

As the government continues in strictly implementing the necessary precautions amid the pandemic, “we practice the social or physical distancing that’s why we look for suppliers in Alabel area, Gensan area, Malungon, Glan, and in MaKiMa (Maitum, Kiamba, Maasim) area.”

“Kung asa sila na munisipyo, didto lang pud sila magkuha sa bugas,” Catolico added.

She also cleared, “up to 25 kilos (1 sack) of rice lang ang among gi-extend karon para tanang members maka-avail. Ang lagyo na areas nga dili maka fill out og rice loan form, padalhan na lang og form then ibalik nila once nahuman na nila og fill out through their AOs or any personnel assigned.”

Moreover, “we will continue with the loans, like special loans, educational loans, if magdugay pa ning situation but still, it depends on the availability of funds ng SPEU.”

“Honestly, naglisod nami kuha ug bugas kay halos pahurot na pud, so as fast as we could, ma-provide namo amoang mga members with the very basic need which is rice,” she added.

Next week, Catolico said, “from Monday to Wednesday, sa Gensan area na pud ang release.”

As of the writing, SPEU has already accommodated 64 employees in Alabel area and is set to release up to 200 sacks next week. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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