State-run National Food Authority (NFA) on Friday said that it has already issued a total of 25,850 bags of rice for the victims of natural and man-made calamities across the country in the past two months.
In a statement, NFA Administrator Orlan Calayag said that as of October 21, a total of 9,406 bags of rice were released to various relief agencies for the earthquake victims in Cebu and Bohol.
The rice stocks were issued to local government agencies including the provincial Government of Bohol and to other government and private institutions such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Education (DepEd), Feed the Children, and GMA Kapuso Foundation, among others.
In Zamboanga City, where relief operations continues, the NFA was able to issue 4,723 bags to DSWD; 3,000 bags to LGUs; 3,000 to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and 3,473 to other relief institutions for victims of the recent flashfloods and standoff.
Another 75,387 bags were issued to NFA-accredited retailers in the city. The NFA also deployed five rolling stores in Zamboanga to cater to consumers in far-flung areas.
In Central Luzon, the regional NFA office issued a total of 2,248 bags of rice to relief agencies for relief operations in typhoon-affected areas. It was reported that an estimated P2.3 billion worth of rice crops had been damaged due to Typhoon Santi. At least 153,450 families or 741,103 individuals from 640 barangays in Region 3 were affected.
In a report submitted by NFA Bohol, the total rice inventory in the province is placed at 52,182 bags as of October 21. Most areas are still without electricity with the towns of Maribojoc and Loon still isolated and may only be reached via small boats.
Rice prices in the area remain unchanged from their levels before the disaster at P41/kg and P42/kg for regular-milled and well-milled rice varieties, respectively.
There was no reported damage to NFA stocks and properties in Bohol except for small cracks on the NFA staff house. No damage was also recorded to NFA stocks and properties in Cebu, Calayag said. JAMES KONSTANTIN GALVEZ