Ilocos Norte received this week an initial 250 bags of rice that is part of its allocation from the National Food Authority.
NFA Provincial Manager Eleanor Andres said the 250 bags of rice, which came from Thailand, were unloaded at the Laoag warehouse on Wednesday, July 11.
She said the shipment arrived on board a cargo vessel at the Poro Point in San Fernando, La Union.
Andres said that while there had been no rice shortage experienced in the province, grain prices in Ilocos region have been affected by the low supply nationwide.
Because of this, she said the national government had to import rice to replenish NFA’s rice buffer stocks.
Andres said some 280,000 bags of rice are expected to arrive for Region 1. Of these, 32,000 bags have been allotted for Ilocos Norte.
The NFA expects the rice to be distributed to different localities until December.
“We hope to complete the delivery before a calamity strikes. By then, we will be ready for relief operations which will be prioritized in the NFA rice distribution,” Andres said.
Among the first to withdraw from the newly arrived rice was the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Batac and Laoag Cities.
Meanwhile, the NFA met with accredited rice retailers in the province Thursday, July 12, to discuss the rules and regulations on the selling of NFA rice.
“We would like to maintain the current price of rice, which ranges from PHP27 to PHP32 per kilogram,” Andres said.