NFA to re­lease more rice for Om­pong vic­tims

Palawan Daily News - - National - By Jerome Carlo R. Pau­nan / PIA-NCR

The Na­tional Food Author­ity (NFA) is re­leas­ing more rice for the vic­tims of Ty­phoon Om­pong.

“With the dam­age be­ing so se­vere, par­tic­u­larly among farm­ers in the north­ern part of Lu­zon, more re­lief op­er­a­tions are ex­pected in the com­ing days. NFA Op­er­a­tions Cen­ters in the af­fected re­gions are still mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion and al­ways ready to pro­vide quick re­sponse to any rice needs for ty­phoon vic­tims,” NFA said in a state­ment posted on its of­fi­cial web­site: nfa.gov.ph.

In its lat­est fig­ures, the NFA had so far al­ready re­leased a to­tal of 32,391 bags of rice to re­lief agen­cies and lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs) in re­gions 1 to 5 and NCR for distri­bu­tion to badly hit ar­eas.

In par­tic­u­lar, the NFA of­fice in Metro Manila al­ready re­leased at least 15,030 bags to Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD), 753 bags for lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs), and an­other 250 bags for other re­lief agen­cies.

In re­gion 1, a to­tal of 8,158 bags of rice were also is­sued by NFA, with 4,404 go­ing to DSWD; 3,240 to dif­fer­ent LGUs, and 494 to other agen­cies. La Union (3,701 bags), Pan­gasi­nan (2,390 bags), and Benguet (1,230 bags) re­ported the high­est rice is­suances per prov­ince.

In re­gion 02, most of the 2,594 bags is­sued were with­drawn by the pro­vin­cial and sev­eral mu­nic­i­pal LGUs for re­lief op­er­a­tions.

NFA Of­fi­cials in the re­gion said they are ex­pect­ing more with­drawals later when the re­lief packs from DSWD are al­ready con­sumed.

In re­gion 3, a to­tal of 1644 bags of NFA rice were re­leased and dis­trib­uted in the fol­low­ing prov­inces: Aurora – 294 bags; Bataan – 100 bags; Nueva Ecija – 150 bags; Pam­panga – 550 bags ; Tar­lac – 400 bags, and; Zam­bales – 150 bags.

In re­gion 4, a to­tal of 2,605 bags of rice were with­drawn by LGUs and DSWD while NFA in re­gion 5 is­sued 1,357 bags to dif­fer­ent LGUs, in­clud­ing 100 bags to Sen. Chiz Es­cud­ero in Sor­so­gon.

Aside from en­sur­ing that there is enough sup­ply for calamity vic­tims, NFA con­tin­ues to sell its P27 and P32 per kilo rice through its 15,892 ac­cred­ited rice re­tail out­lets in pub­lic mar­kets and barangays na­tion­wide. NFA of­fices are now also sell­ing rice di­rectly to con­sumers in prov­inces heav­ily af­fected by Om­pong like Ca­gayan, Is­abela, and Kalinga to pro­vide ad­di­tional out­lets for con­sumers who want to avail of the ma­jor sta­ple. (PIA-NCR)

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