NFA releases 10,246 bags of rice for calamity victims
The National Food Authority said it has already issued a total of 10,246 bags of rice to various local government units (LGUs) and relief agencies for distribution to victims of the heavy rains and flooding brought by typhoons Inday and Josie.
As of Monday, the NFA has already released 1,502 bags to various municipalities in Pangasinan: Anda, 80 bags; Dagupan City, 504 bags; provincial government, 600 bags; Mangatarem, 118 bags; Office of Representative Rosemarie Arenas, 100 bags.
The province has been put under a state of calamity with 17 of its 25 municipalities under flood water.
An additional 2,200 bags is being requested by the LGUs of San Carlos, 1,000 bags; Calasiao, 100 bags; Sta. Barbara, 500 bags; Malasiqui, 250 bags; Alaminos, 250 bags; and Labrador, 100 bags. The whole Pangasinan province has been placed under a state of calamity.
In other areas in region 1, the NFA has issued 200 bags to Abra LGU; 50 bags to Benguet; 100 bags to Ilocos Norte; and 600 bags to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Central Luzon also suffered heavily from the flooding with some provinces declared as calamity areas.
To date, some 3,158 bags of rice were already issued by the NFA to government and relief agencies in the region.
NFA Tarlac has released 300 bags of rice to the provincial government while another 243 bags werewithdrawn by the La Paz government for their immediate relief operations. La Paz, Tarlac remains inundated as of press time with most roads not possible to all types of vehicles. The NFA office has also received requests from the Office of Congressman Charlie Cojuangco for 400 bags of rice and the Philippine Red Cross, 100 bags.
The province of Bataan is mostly flooded particularly Balanga. But no damage to NFA stocks and properties has been reported so far.
The NFA office in the province has released 465 bags of rice to various agencies for relief operations.
Meanwhile, in San Jose, Mindoro Occidental, a total of 135 bags of local rice were issued to the DSWD, 115bags; and 20 bags to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD). Rice issuance to accredited retailers in the area continues.
In Mamburao, 240 bags of rice were released to the LGUs.
The NFA has activated its 24-hour Operations Center (OpCen) for quick response to rice needs for calamity victims while its personnel continue to conduct market monitoring to ensure that rice is available and to prevent any unreasonable increases in prices.