Filipinos save billions by buying NFA rice
The National Food Authority (NFA) said the sale of as much as 10.36 million bags of government subsidized rice from January to November translates to savings of as much as P6.22 billion for consumers from the marginalized sector.
It said that an ordinary consumer saves at least P12.00 per kilogram every time he buys NFA rice sold at P27.00 per kilogram compared to the lowest imported well-milled rice sold at P39.00 per kilogram based on suggested retail price (SRP).
This savings translate to bigger purchasing power for ordinary consumers that they can use to buy other food items and necessities.
NFA Officer in Charge Administrator Tomas Escarez said the food agency has so far accredited a total of 19,231 rice retail outlets nationwide currently selling NFA rice.
“We are utilizing several platforms to make sure that NFA rice reaches our poor kababayans even in the remotest and farthest barangays and island provinces,” said Escarez.
Aside from its network of dedicated and individual rice retail outlets in public markets, NFA has accredited non-traditional outlets such as Barangay Bagsakan and Barangay Food Terminals and Bigasan sa Parokya.
NFA likewise partnered with the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) TienDA Malasakit and the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Tulong sa Bayan Suking Outlets on Wheels.
NFA is also deploying mobile stores through its Tagpuan Day Rice Response Delivery (TRRD) to serve marginalized consumers including the indigenous people living in remote areas.