NFA rice supply to help ease rising prices in Basilan
The National Food Authority (NFA) said it has deployed a mobile store in Malamawi, an island village in Basilan, in an effort to ease the rising price of rice in the province.
NFA Officer-in-Charge Marylene Lojera assured the city government of Basilan and the public that NFA rice at P27 will be made available as stocks start arriving.
Initially, the NFA has released 50 bags to five accredited retailers in Isabela City Public Market with 10 bags each to make affordable rice available to Basilan residents.
Each family will be allowed to buy five kilograms of NFA rice at P27 per kilogram to ensure that more residents will be able to avail of the rice.
Last week, 500 bags of rice from NFA Zamboanga were delivered in Basilan intended for calamities thru the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The NFA, in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Agriculture (DA), has also intensified its rice monitoring activities in the area to ensure that NFA rice will reach the intended beneficiaries.
Reports reaching the Central Office in Quezon City revealed that Basilan’s current stock inventory is recorded at an alarming rate of 1,800 bags of rice as of August 3.