NFA assures sufficient rice stocks

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

THE National Food Authority (NFA) has assured there is sufficient supply of rice to cater to the needs of the consuming public as well as thousands of people still housed at the evacuation centers in Zamboanga City.

NFA Provincial Manager Gaudencio Nuega made the assurance saying they have a current rice stock of 5,250 metric tons or 105,000 sacks of 50 kilos each.

The agency had been supplying rice to the different relief agencies providing the needs of the thousands of families displaced by the standoff in September. READ: Zamboanga clash kills 6, shuts down city

Thousands of families are still under the care of the different relief agencies like the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), even though thousands have already returned to their homes after the standoff ended.

The standoff started last September 9 and lasted for 20 days after hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels infiltrated this city.

Nuega said they have already provided more than 2,100 metric tons or 42,000 sacks of rice to the different relief agencies attending to the needs of the displaced families.

The relief agencies that buy rice from the NFA include the City Social Welfare and Development Office, non-government organizations and other civic organizations aside from the DSWD, said Nuega.

He said they sell the sack of rice of 50 kilos each at P1,300 or at P26 per kilo. (Bong Garcia)

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