The selling of subsidized imported rice has been extended from August to November this year, Osmundo Guinto Jr., provincial manager of the National Food Authority (NFA) in Palawan, said Wednesday.
Guinto said the national office still has around four million sacks of rice in inventory.
“Actually, ang inventory ng NFA ay umaabot ng apat na milyon pa. That’s the reason why nakita nila na parang puwede pa natin i-extend ‘yong pagbebenta ng imported rice natin ‘yan na inangkat natin last year until 2019. Parang first quarter ng 2019 meron pang dumating na IMR (imported milled rice), ” he said.
The imported rice supply was procured from Myanmar, Vietnam, and a few from Thailand.
Guinto said consumers could still enjoy the subsidized imported rice at P27 per kilo of regular milled rice and P32 for well-milled rice.
He is optimistic that the accredited retailing outlets will continue to sell rice at the original price so the poor can still afford it.
“To all farmers humihingi kami ng pang-unawa sa inyo, I want to tell them na nandyan kami sa kanila as ready market ng kanilang produce, ng kanilang palay kasi alam namin na may agam-agam din ang mga farmer dahil bumabagsak ang presyo ng palay at bumabagsak ang presyo ng bigas,” he added.