The National Food Authority (NFA) said it has enough rice stocks to meet the needs of the city and province during the quarantine period.
Local food authority manager Osmundo Guinto Jr. said Wednesday that they still have over 20,000 rice bags in their warehouse, including 313,000 bags of unhusked palay for milling
He added however that this will be reduced when the city government withdraws its required supply for distribution to indigent residents.
“Sa ngayon marami pa, nasa 20,000 plus pa. Pero kapag kinuha na ng city yan, mababawasan kami — siguro mga kulang-kulang 10,000 na lang ang bigas. Pero ang good news ay dire-diretso ang aming milling, that means yong aming stocks na 313,000 na palay bags ay for milling,” he said.
Guinto said this can produce around 190,000 bags (or 63 percent) of milled NFA rice.
As of Wednesday, he said the city government already collected around 5,000 bags of rice out of the 20,000 bags it requires. The provincial government, on the other hand, already requested 8,000 bags.
He said the town of Narra also wants to procure supplies.
Guinto said the agency is continuously operating to maintain the visibility of rice supplies in the market to avoid panic.
The agency still encourages farmers to sell their palay to NFA for a continuous supply of rice.
“Kapag nagiling na natin itong 313,000, titigil na ba tayo kakain? Hindi naman di ba. Kailangan pa rin naman na may magpasok ng palay sa atin at tumigil kami na rin kami sa pamimili ng palay, after nitong 313,000 ay wala na, nganga na tayo,” he said.