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RICE SUPPLY IN BICOL INSUFFICIENT-NFA




LEGAZPI CITY, May 22, 2017 – The National Food Authority Regional Office here, has very minimal supply of rice in their warehouses, NFA Asst. Regional Dir. Edna de Guzman in an interview said.

De Guzman added that their supply will not suffice to address the needs of the Local Government Units, Department of Social Welfare and Development and other government agencies involved in relief operations in case a calamity occurred in  Bicol. This was caused by their inability to compete with commercial palay traders due to low buying price of palay peg by the agency and the suspended rice importation by the present administration.

Letters had been sent to congressmen, governors, and all municipal mayors in region 5 to inform them of the actual situation of the agency that NFA cannot release rice allocations in case an emergency happened. “ Temporarily we hold on our rice distribution operations and instead we requested the assistance of grains retailers association in some areas to conduct direct selling to coastal barangays, far flung barangays whose proximity to supply of rice is limited, said de Guzman. (Mar de la Cruz with reports from Jordan Alpajaro and Luence Barcena)
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