Just a brief follow-up on an earlier post I had about those "rolling stores". The Provincial Welfare Officer in Eastern Samar mentioned that such a method fails to reach the poorest of the poor. Why? Because rolling stores will travel only up to villages where roads are passable with their big trailers. But the poorest dwell in remote villages where road access is difficult or absent. Oo nga naman. (Policy and program evaluation is 99.9% common sense, and 0.01% technical analysis.)
But note that even for these areas there are local stores which sell food patronized by the poor. By whatever means they are able to bring their wares (by mule or horse if necessary). A food stamp system would, unlike the rolling store, be able to reach the hinterland villagers through these intrepid entrepreneurs. There is indeed a better way.