National Food Authority (NFA) Palawan officials witness the arrival of 19, 500 bags of imported rice from Myanmar loaded in MB Nicole Ingrid to supply the mainland area of Palawan. (Photos: NFA Palawan Provincial Office)

A shipment of 19,500 sacks of imported rice for Palawan arrived Tuesday morning.

Engr. Alwin Uy, provincial manager of the National Food Authority (NFA), said that the rice supply is allotted for the mainland.

The importation was in accordance with the Rice Tarrification Act of 2019.

“Ito ‘yong last shipment ng imported rice, ‘yong allocation namin nabalanse na namin na 20,000 bags of imported rice. Wala na kasing import, di na kami mag-i-import, last allocation namin ito at ‘yan ang last import na dumating,” Uy pointed out.

The 19,500 imported rice from Myanmar is in addition to the 23,624 sacks in their warehouse, he said.

The island municipalities will no longer receive any shipment of imported rice bags, Uy added.

“Wala na tayo sa island ng Palawan, meron lang naman tayo ay Coron so sarado na ang warehouse natin sa Coron. Meron din naman na taga-island na kumukuha ng pailan-ilan lang,” he said.

Uy also said that the agency has not found a warehouse to rent in Coron to store its rice stocks.

“Hanggang ngayon wala pa rin makuhang warehouse and ayon sa law, by August na lang kami makakapagbenta kaya di na namin kailangan magpadala sa Coron dahil hindi na rin kami magbibenta,” he said.

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