Enough rice sup­ply as­sured

Palawan News - - BUSINESS - By Rachel Ganan­cial Re­porter

The Na­tional Food Au­thor­ity (NFA) as­sured Fri­day there is a re­serve of 5,000 sacks of rice to meet the needs of re­lief agen­cies and lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs) in times of calami­ties. Ma. Lewina To­lentino, NFA pro­vin­cial man­ager said the buf­fer stock in the agency’s ware­house in the city came from the 20,000 sacks of bags of im­ported rice shipped to the is­land ear­lier. “May avail­able kam­ing stock sa ware­house for calami­ties or emer­gen­cies tapos sa Coron meron tay­ong am­ple stock,” To­lentino said. A town pre­par­ing for the pos­si­ble im­pact of su­per typhoon Om­pong with­drew 80 sacks. She pointed out that with the cur­rent weather con­di­tion in the coun­try, they are “open 24/7.” A safe buf­fer stock in times of calami­ties is 3,000 sacks. The agency al­ready re­leased 40 sacks each to 55 ac­cred­ited out­lets in the towns of Coron, Busuanga, Cuyo, and Culion. To­lentino said they are ex­pect­ing the ar­rival of rice from Thai­land on Sun­day to aug­ment the rice sup­ply in Palawan. It was sup­posed to ar­rive ear­lier but the ves­sel that was sup­posed to ferry to Palawan was pro­hib­ited from leav­ing the port of Batan­gas due to su­per typhoon “Om­pong.” Om­pong will leave the Philip­pine Area of Re­spon­si­bil­ity (PAR) pos­si­bly on Sun­day morn­ing, Septem­ber 16. If the weather con­di­tion be­comes bet­ter, the ves­sel will re­sume the load­ing within four days and might ar­rive in the city in the third week of Septem­ber, To­lentino added.

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