Philippines. NFA assures sufficient rice during calamities


The National Food Authority (NFA)-6 assured the public that the food agency has adequate rice stocks for Western Visayas during times of disasters or calamities.
In a media release, NFA-6 headed by Regional Director Rex Estoperez, said that it has sufficient stocks in its provincial warehouses to meet the rice requirement of the region during calamities or emergencies.
As of January 5, 2017, NFA-6 has a total of 1,151,421 bags which is good to last for 20 days based on the region’s daily rice requirement.
With its commitment to ensure food security, NFA-6 also said that it activates its regional and provincial operation centers during any tropical depression, calamity, or emergency.
These regional and provincial operation centers immediately respond within 24 hours to act on staple cereal requirement and closely coordinate with local relief agencies and monitors weather bulletins.
Meanwhile, NFA is also increasing the number of its accredited rice outlets nationwide to make affordable government rice more accessible to the consuming public.
NFA Officer-In-Charge Tomas R. Escarez directed all field offices to accredit additional rice retail outlets not only inside the market but even in remote barangays to make NFA rice readily available especially to the marginalized sector.
NFA rice is still being sold at P 27.00 per kilogram for 25% brokens and P 32.00 per kilogram for 15% brokens.
To enable those who are interested to become an NFA accredited rice retail outlet, Escarez said that field offices were instructed to ease the requirements for accreditation.
He said that interested applicants can be issued a temporary accreditation pending completion of inspection and submission of requirements so they can immediately sell NFA rice to the consuming public.


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