NFA ‘works double time’ to distribute imported rice
State-run grains agency National Food Authority (NFA) said it is working double time to immediately distribute the P27 per kilogram (/kg) and P32 /kg good quality rice in local markets across the country.
Starting today, South Cotabato will start distributing NFA rice, with the expected arrival of stocks from NFA General Santos in Region 11.
NFA said that in Region 10, a total of 6,140 bags had already been distributed through 149 outlets.
Of this number, a total of 1,168 bags were distributed through 70 market outlets in Bukidnon; 1,241 bags via 49 outlets in the island of Camiguin; 800 bags via 15 outlets in Lanao del Norte; and 2, 931 bags via 15 outlets in Misamis Oriental.
In Region 11, a total of 13,471 bags had already been sold via 783 market outlets from June 21 to 28.
These were distributed as follows: General Santos – 3,835 bags in 214 market outlets; Davao City – 2,718 bags in 156 outlets; COMVAL – 1,290 bags in 67 outlets; Davao Oriental – 1,283 bags in 146 outlets; Davao del Sur- 1,671 bags in 74 outlets; and Davao del Norte – 2,681 bags in 126 outlets.
In Region 12, a total of 522 bags had already been distributed, including purchases by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
As of now, NFA rice was already made available in five municipalities of Sultan Kudarat and Kidapawan City in North Cotabato.
In CARAGA, a total of 6,556 bags have been distributed through 489 outlets across the region.
As of June 28, a total of 172,000 metric tons (MT) or 69 percent of the 250,000 MT rice imported via government-to-government tender from Vietnam and Thailand had already arrived in the country.
Of the total volume, about 132,000 MT are still at port while 37,444.250MT had already been delivered at the NFA designated warehouses. Another 40,400 MT are either in transit or being loaded at the ports of origin.
“Stocks received at designated NFA warehouses and certified as conforming to specifications are immediately dispersed to markets within the receiving regions,” NFA said.