NFA rice well distributed for the marginalized
The National Food Authority (NFA) said that as of now, indigenous peoples (Aetas, Ibaloi, Tatanao, Mangyans), small farmers, housewives with kids in tow, senior citizens, low-income workers in several island provinces and far-flung barangays already have access to good quality well-milled NFA rice at P27 per kilogram.
“NFA continues to do all means possible to make its newly-delivered imported rice available, accessible and affordable to the marginalized sectors of society in all parts of the Philippine archipelago,” the state-run grains agency said.
At present, the NFA is serving a total of 529,942 rice outlets across the country.
These include 225,399 accredited outlets inside market; 54,971 accredited outlets outside market; 202,450 Institutionalized Bigasan sa Palengke (IBSP); 26,810 Bigasang Bayan Outlets (BBO); 2,088 Barangay Bagsakan (BB); 1,793 Bigasan sa Parokya Outlet (BPO); and 16,431 other outlets.
These outlets are supplemented by rolling stores manned by NFA personnel and deployed to remote areas without accredited retailers, public market or NFA rice outlet.
From January to July 25 this year, the NFA has already distributed a total of 3,089,984 bags of rice through its various outlets across the country.
For the month of July alone, total distribution has already reached 786,639 bags.