NFA told to release all stocks to markets
The National Food Authority (NFA) was told to immediately release its existing rice stocks to curb rising prices of commercial rice at local markets.
The order was made through the issuance of Memorandum Order No. 28 that came straight from Malacañang.
In the order, which was cited in a Manila Bulletin report, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea directed the NFA to immediately release to markets approximately 230,000 metric tons (MT) of rice currently in stock in the warehouses across the country.
NFA was also told to release 100,000 MT of rice previously contracted to be delivered before the end of September.
Malacañang also issued Memorandum Order No. 27, which orders the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to adopt measures to ensure the efficient and seamless delivery of imported agriculture and fishery products from the ports to markets.
“The concerned agencies have been authorized to issue food lane passes for truckers and suppliers carrying agricultural products,” the report further said.