NFA releases rice for typhoon victims

THE National Food Authority has already released a total of 2,813 bags of rice of 50 kilograms each to the local government units (LGUs) and relief agencies in Regions 7,8,10,11 and 15 for distribution to typhoon “Pablo” victims.

Some 900 bags were released through the local government of Region 7; 53 bags went to Region 8; 85 bags to Region 10 and 145 bags to Region 11.

In Region 15, a total of 900 bags were released through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); 620 bags through the LGU and 60 bags through non-government organizations (NGOs).

The NFA’s rice releases for relief operations in the affected areas continues even as the agency itself sustained heavy damage from the typhoon.

As of November 30, 2012, the NFA in the affected regions had sufficient rice stocks to meet local demand. In Region 7, NFA’s total rice stocks are equivalent to 777,293 bags. In Region 10, the NFA has 290,348 bags, while in Regions 11 and 15, the stocks are placed at 372,453 bags and 326,695 bags, respectively.

NFA  warehouses in Compostela Valley and Davao were severely damaged  with roofs and walls torn and some stocks soaked in rainwater. But local NFA officials quickly worked to save more stocks from damage and ensure that the soaked stocks are brought to other warehouses within the region for mechanical drying, while strictly monitoring their respective inventories.

NFA rice for relief operations is released through LGUs, non-government organizations (NGOs) and relief agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC). These are either paid in cash or credit under a memoramndum of agreement (MOA) with LGUs and other government agencies doing relief assistance.

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