Gov’t’s plan to sell rice in supermarkets hit “technicalities”
The government’s plan to sell rice in supermarkets encountered some technicalities after groceries and supermarkets being tapped for the program were asked to obtain permits to do so.
It was earlier announced that good quality NFA rice will soon be available for sale in various supermarkets nationwide after the National Food Authority signed a tripartite memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association, Inc. (PAGASA).
NFA rice will be sold at P27 per kilogram packed in two-kilogram packs.
However, PAGASA President Steven Cua said the plan encountered some “technicalities” after the retailers were asked to get permits to obtained clearance to sell NFA rice.
The retailers, Cua said, are not happy given that historically, it takes so much time to get permits in the country.
PAGASA supermarkets serve the BCD market and include Liana’s Supermarket, Welcome Supermart, 680 Supermart, Price Warehouse Club, Inc., among others.