National Food Authority is ready to supply the rice requirements of local government units and relief agencies in areas affected by the recent flooding in Mindanao
NFA Administrator Jason Laureano Y. Aquino said that the food agency has sufficient stocks strategically positioned in its warehouses nationwide to respond immediately to the needs of the LGUs, and other relief agencies. “We have a standing Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with these relief agencies so they can withdraw their rice requirements anytime during calamities and emergencies,” he said.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) the tail-end of a cold front and a low pressure area have caused massive flooding in Region 10. Cagayan de Oro City and other nearby provinces of Northern Mindanao such as Iligan City, Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte were heavily affected. Cagayan de Oro City was declared under a 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 and those in the evacuation centers. NFA Operation Centers were also activated to ensure a 24-hour response and regularly monitor 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 the agency’s relief operations.
Aquino said that NFA rice inventory in Region 10 stands at 499,273 bags while the agency’s inventory nationwide is sufficient at 10,162,686 bags as of January 18, 2017.