The National Food Authority (NFA) is ready to supply the rice requirement of local government units and relief agencies in areas affected by the recent flooding in Mindanao.
NFA Regional Investigator Beverly M. Navarro reported during the 1st Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting that according to NFA Administrator Jason Laureano Y. Aquino the agency has sufficient stock strategically positions in its warehouses nationwide to respond immediately to the needs of the local government units (LGUs), and other relief agencies.
Further, NFA has a standing memorandum of agreement (MOA) with these relief agencies so they can withdraw their rice requirement anytime during calamities and emergencies.
Meanwhile, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) the tail-end of a cold front and low pressure area have brought heavy rains which caused flooding in Cagayan de Oro City and other nearby provinces in the region now declared under state of calamity.
Local NFA offices in Northern Mindanao are on alert status especially in Cagayan de Oro City and are closely coordinating with the LGUs and relief agencies for the issuance of rice for distribution to affected families, including those in the evacuation center.
The NFA operation centers were also activated to ensure 24-hour response and monitoring on weather bulletins. Monitoring teams were also deployed immediately to assess the rice supply and price situation in the market.
NFA region 10 has already released a total of 10,600 bags to DSWD for the pre-positioning of rice stocks since the start of the year for their relief operations.
Also, NFA rice inventory in the region stands at 499,273 bags while the agency’s inventory nationwide is sufficient at P10,162,686 bags as of January 18. (JCV/PIA/NFA)