The National Food Authority (NFA) admitted that there is a shortage of its rice supply in Iloilo but said the public should not worry about it.
NFA-6 Assistant Regional Director Ruben Manatad, in a report by the state-run Philippine News Agency, said their warehouse in Iloilo had run out of buffer stock.
“We have no more supply of NFA rice for the market,” he told the media.
According to Manatad, available stocks of government-subsidized rice in Iloilo were intended for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (13, 312 bags) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (1,535 bags).
“This is why we are seeking assistance from other provinces na pwedeng mag-supply sa Iloilo that is outside of our DSWD and BJMP requirements,” he said.
Manatad disclosed that Capiz will provide 1,500 bags of surplus rice for Iloilo.
Despite the unavailability of NFA rice in the market, Manatad assured that the Iloilo has enough supply of rice.
“Ang daming bigas sa Iloilo and the whole Western Visayas region. Walang dapat ikaalarma ang mga tao dito kasi ang wala lang talaga ‘yung NFA rice,” he explained.
This year, NFA will import 250,000 metric tons of rice to address the shortage in its buffer stock. Rice shipments are expected to arrive within the second quarter of the year.
Manatad said 100,000 MT of the imports will go to the region.IMT