August 30, 2018–“There is sufficient rice supply in Eastern Samar.”
This was the assurance made by Zaldy Tan, provincial manager of the National Food Authority, adding that NFA rice is now available in the marker for the first time since March.
Tan Said that even during the time when there was no NFA rice, there was enough commercial rice in the market, although it was sold at a higher price.
There is an available 28,000 bags of NFA rice in the province now, and they are waiting for the full delivery of the 90,000 bags allocated for Eastern Samar.
The rice, imported from Thailand, is already in Tacloban.
This will be enough to meet the rice requirement of the province until December this year.
Mr. Tan stressed that NFA rice sold in public markets and by accredited retailers is at P32 per kilo.
Tan said the rice is of good quality and not infested with rice weevils.
Accredited retailers who get their rice from the Oras and Guiuan Warehouses are allocated with 15 bags per week, and those from Borongan are given 20 bags a week.
NFA is reminding retailers that they are only allowed to sell a maximum 5 kilos per household at a time.
Tan said that with the availability of NFA rice in the market, he hopes that prices of commercial rice will go down.
Meanwhile, NFA is reminding their retailers to avoid hoarding and overpricing.
The agency is intensifying their fight against rice traders and retailers who are illegally diverting and re-bagging NFA rice and selling it at higher price.
According to manager Tan, they are implementing the one-strike policy. Once a retailer is caught violating the rules set by the office, their license will be revoked.
The agency’s mandate is to provide food security for the country and to ensure that Filipinos, especially the poor will have access to quality rice at affordable prices. (Eden Cidro / Este News)