MANILA -- The National Food Authority (NFA) has issued a total of 7,532 bags of rice to government relief agencies and local government units (LGUs) doing relief operations and assisting victims of Typhoon Juan.

NFA Deputy Administrator Pedro Hernando Jr., the agency’s officer-in-charge, said out of the total volume issued, 2,981 bags of rice went to Cagayan Valley, another 3,922 for Ilocos Region; 500 bags for the National Capital Region and 129 for Oriental Mindoro in Mimaropa.

NFA Administrator Angelito Banayo is currently attending the Asean Senior Official Summit in Cambodia where food security issues and agreements are being forged preparatory to the Asean Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III is set to attend the Asean Summit in Vietnam.

The rice for relief assistance was issued to government agencies doing relief operations including the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and LGUs.

The NFA is maintaining a 24-hour operation of its Central Office Operation Center (OPCEN) to monitor requests for relief assistance and ensure smooth coordination between NFA warehouses and the agencies withdrawing rice. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)