8th ‘tag­puan’ out­let in Ne­gocc launched

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business -

THE Na­tional Food Author­ity (NFA) in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 7, has opened an­other “tag­puan” out­let at Barangay Ma-ao in Bago City sell­ing the P27 per kilo­gram government rice.

This is the eighth out­let opened in the prov­ince since Septem­ber this year.

Oth­ers are in Barangay Busay also in Bago City, Barangay Pobla­cion in San En­rique, and Barangays Su­mag, Granada, Banago, Sing­cang-air­port and Felisa in Ba­colod City.

Frisco Canoy, pro­vin­cial man­ager of Nfa-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, yes­ter­day said they dis­trib­uted an ini­tial al­lo­ca­tion of 20 bags ben­e­fit­ing about 500 res­i­dents.

Canoy said like other “tag­puan” out­lets in the prov­ince, the one in Barangay Maao also al­lows each con­sumer to buy up to two kilo­grams of “cheaper yet qual­ity” government rice.

“This is part of the NFA’S mea­sures to strengthen the pres­ence of P27 per kilo­gram government rice amid its limited sup­ply in the prov­ince,” he said, adding that the ef­forts aim to ben­e­fit es­pe­cially those un­der the marginal­ized sec­tor.

The agency ear­lier said it is sus­tain­ing the “Tag­puan Rice Re­spon­si­ble De­liv­ery” Pro­gram, which is in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Grains Re­tail­ers Con­fed­er­a­tion (Gre­con) in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

“Tag­puan” means a place where peo­ple nor­mally con­verge like out­side por­tion of the mar­kets and barangay halls, and other pub­lic places.

De­spite the cur­rent limited stocks of NFA rice in the prov­ince, the agency con­tin­ues to al­lo­cate sup­ply to “tag­puan” out­lets so these can op­er­ate once a week.

The 20 bags per out­let are on top of the reg­u­lar al­lo­ca­tion it dis­trib­utes to ac­cred­ited and sta­tion­ary rice re­tail out­lets.

As of yes­ter­day’s in­ven­tory of Nfa-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, the prov­ince’s re­main­ing buf­fer is about 6,000 bags.

Canoy, how­ever, said that with the im­pend­ing aug­men­ta­tion of 10,000 bags from Iloilo, they can still cater to both ac­cred­ited re­tail and “tag­puan” out­lets.

Though, dis­tri­bu­tion for ac­cred­ited NFA rice out­lets is still con­trolled as buf­fer stocks are be­ing stretched un­til the ad­di­tional im­por­ta­tion ar­rives.

Canoy said the ini­tial al­lo­ca­tion in every “tag­puan” out­let may still in­crease de­pend­ing on the avail­abil­ity of sup­ply. “When our stocks in­crease, we can also dis­trib­ute more.”

In fact, Nfa-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal con­tin­ues to ac­cept the ap­pli­ca­tion from other re­tail­ers in the prov­ince in­ter­ested to sell through “tag­puan” on top of their reg­u­lar mar­ket out­lets.

One of the ma­jor guide­lines set is the ex­is­tence of the mar­ket day. This is to give other con­sumers, es­pe­cially those from far-flung ar­eas and those who are go­ing to the mar­ket once a week only, the chance to also avail the P27 per kilo­gram rice.

“Ap­pli­ca­tions sub­mit­ted to the of­fice are now sub­ject to as­sess­ment and ver­i­fi­ca­tion,” he said, stress­ing that more out­lets would make af­ford­able rice more ac­ces­si­ble to the con­sumers.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

RES­I­DENTS of Barangay Ma-ao in Bago City line up to buy the P27 per kilo­gram government rice through the “tag­puan” out­let launched by Nfa-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal in part­ner­ship with the Grains Re­tail­ers Con­fed­er­a­tion in the prov­ince on Sun­day.

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