NFA to release more rice for Ompong victims
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In region 02, most of the 2,594 bags issued were withdrawn by the provincial and several municipal LGUs for relief operations.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In region 4, a total of 2,605 bags of rice were withdrawn by LGUs and DSWD while NFA in region 5 issued 1,357 bags to different LGUs, including 100 bags to Sen.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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