National Food Authority (File Photo)
National Food Authority (File Photo)

NFA-3: Rice distributed to NE teachers 'good quality'

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO ---The National Food Authority Central Luzon (NFA-3) said the rice distributed to teachers in Nueva Ecjia province were edible and of good quality.

This is contrary to alleged complaints that it was "not fit for human consumption."

Last Tuesday, ACT Teachers Representative France Castro asked the House of Representatives to investigate the allegedly inedible rice that the government distributed to teachers in Nueva Ecija, Mindoro, Bacolod City, and Zamboanga del Norte.

On Wednesday, the NFA said laboratory tests and investigations were conducted to verify the complaints against the one-time rice assistance to employees of the Department of Education (DepEd) in the province.

NFA-3 revealed that “in interviews so far conducted, receipt of any negative feedback on the quality of NFA rice distributed was denied. As of this date [June 7], all rice issued were found to be edible, in good condition, and safe for human consumption. For the record, no formal complaints were filed and reported yet, to any of the offices of NFA Region 3."

“The NFA Region 3 was able to secure a certification from the concerned agency-beneficiaries stating all NFA rice stocks received are of good quality and in exact weight. To ensure the quality of NFA rice for distribution to remaining agency-beneficiaries. Director Alwin M. Uy commits to the public full and strict adherence to the guidelines prescribed by the Central Office,” it added.

To ensure the quality of the rice being distributed, Quality Assurance Officers have been assigned to draw samples of rice for presentation to each assigned focal person the type, condition and quality of rice before the actual issuance, the agency said.

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