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Affordable rice from the National Food Authority (NFA) is still availble in the market through the accredited retailing outlets until August, an official said Thursday.

Nerilyn Conde, NFA Palawan assistant provincial manager, said that they are still uncertain on what changes will happen in September.

“Sa ngayon, ang NFA rice natin is visible pa rin sa market, 27 pesos per kilo so ang sabi nga hangga’t meron pa kaming imported rice, patuloy pa rin kami magdi-distribute sa market until August. Wala pa kaming definite about what will happen sa September,” Conde pointed out on Thursday.

Accredited retailers in the last quarter of 2018 to the first of 2019 are the only qualified distributors of the NFA rice in the market.

NFA Palawan has 89 accredited outlets in the mainland area and 76 in the Calamianes Group of Islands.

Conde admitted that they still have not received any instruction from their central office if they could extend their distribution until September or stop at the end of August.

The signing into law of Republic Act 11203 or The Rice Tariffication removed the NFA’s commercial functions and regulatory powers. It only retained its emergency buffer stocking role.

As of now, Conde said that there is no limit on the stocks that would be given to the retailers as NFA still have 27,174 bags of rice which could be considered as a “not alarming” volume.

“Ang consideration is storage capacity and pure declared capitalization sa iyong retailing business, yon lang ang makukuha mo but not more than that,” she added.