NFA readies rice supply as Typhoon Mangkhut nears
The National Food Authority (NFA) said the agency has a ready supply of rice for any emergencies and relief operations requirements as the northern part of the country is expected to be hit by Typhoon “Mangkhut” (Ompong).
Tropical Storm “Mangkhut” is categorized as a “Super Typhoon,” packing winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 160 kph. It is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility as early as September 12, Wednesday.
Right now, the NFA has at least 750,000 bags stored strategically in its different warehouses in Luzon, including NCR for distribution through accredited retailers and for relief operations during calamities.
“While we are hoping that the typhoon will not reach our country, or not be as devastating as projected, we already instructed our field offices especially in Regions 1, 2, 3 and 5 that are projected to bear the brunt of typhoon Mangkhut, to protect our stocks, activate their operation centers, and be ready for possible relief operations during and after the typhoon,” NFA Administrator Jason Aquino, who is set to resign from his position, said.
Aquino also said he already instructed NFA offices that will be affected by the typhoon to coordinate with local government units, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), and the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) for quick response to any rice needs for calamity victims.
Nationwide, the NFA has more than 2.2 million bags in all of its warehouses. About 4.1 million bags of imported rice are also being unloaded in different ports.