NFA starts selling low-priced rice in Caraga region
The NFA has started distributing yesterday its P27 and P32 per kilogram rice through 188 accredited retailers in Agusan and Surigao including the islands of Dinagat and Siargao.
The initial shipment of the 250,000 metric tons (MT) government to government rice arrived on June 2 at the Surigao and Subic ports, but the rice was not immediately unloaded due to bad weather.
Unloading of the 5,000 MT allotted for Surigao was completed only last Saturday, June 16, and after the necessary documentation and prescribed procedures, the stocks started to be distributed yesterday.
In Tobaco, Albay, the NFA has unloaded parts of the 126,000 bags from MV An Thinh Phu.
Provincial Manager Alan Sabaybay led the operation with representatives from the surveyor, cargo handler and the shipping agent.
Meanwhile, after 13 days at berth, unloading operations in Zambales have started with the skies getting clear yesterda.
According to NFA Zambales Provincial Manager Jonathan Yazon heavy rains have prevented the NFA office to unload the imported rice from MV Tyson 2 docked at the Subic Freeport. The weather has caused tremendous delays.
“In other disport areas across the country, the vessels carrying imported rice have started to arrive. Without weather issues, unloading operations will proceed accordingly,” NFA said.