BALANGA CITY, Bataan: The National Food Authority here on Friday tightened watch and surveillance on imported NFA rice unloaded at the Subic Bay Freeport passing through Bataan after the arrest of eight persons who allegedly were pilfering rice from three trailer trucks bound for Tarlac.
NFA-Bataan Manager Adelaida Nuestro said the police and town marshals caught the suspects in the act of unloading from the illegally-parked trailer trucks and repacking the NFA rice last Wednesday before noon at the Olongapo-Gapan Road in Dinalupihan town.
From the Subic Bay Freeport, NFA rice importations for delivery to different warehouses in Region 3 pass through Dinalupihan.
Alex Batac heads the surveillance and enforcement unit of the NFA provincial office in Balanga City.
Nabbed were three drivers and three helpers of the trailer trucks, a woman sari-sari (variety) store owner and a male operator of a vulcanizing shop where the trucks were parked.
Police Officer 3 Federico Lingad of the Dinalupihan police said they confiscated 55 bags of rice, mostly already repacked in commercial sacks, from the suspects.
Nuestro said the rice loaded in the three trailer trucks was part of the country’s rice importation from Thailand.
She added that the three trailer trucks loaded with 900 bags of NFA rice or a total of 2,700 bags are at present impounded at the Dinalupihan municipal hall.