ROXAS City, Capiz — Quality and affordable imported rice is now available in Capiz after province’s share of the 250,000 metric tons (MT) of imported rice arrived here, July 1.
Information Officer Mary Christie Harion of the National Food Authority in Capiz said 4,500 bags out of 10,000 bags allocated to Capiz were already delivered to the warehouses of Bolo, Roxas City and Dumalag town.
“A total of 3,000 bags of imported rice are already at the NFA Bolo warehouse while 1,500 bags of rice have been placed at the NFA Dumalag warehouse,” Harion said.
She added that the remaining volume of imported rice is expected to be delivered in the province anytime this week depending on the weather.
The arrival of imported NFA rice is timely for the lean season, Harion said, adding that the distribution of government rice will start this week through NFA accredited rice retailers in public markets in the entire province.
“The arrival of NFA rice is expected to help stabilize the high price of rice in the market as it will be sold at P27 per kilogram only,” she said.
Harion also said that part of the rice allocation for Capiz is reserved for emergencies and calamities.
In May 2018, the Tulong sa Bayan Program was launched in Capiz for Capiceños to avail of quality commercial rice at P38.00 per kilogram.
A total of 19 Tulong sa Bayan outlets have been established in the municipalities to include three outlets at Teodoro Arcenas Trade Center in Roxas City
The Tulong sa Bayan is a joint project of the Office of the President, Grains Retailers Confederation of the Philippines (GRECON), Philippine Confederation of Grains Associations (PhilConGrains) and National Food Authority. (PIA)