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PIA Press Release
2007/04/04

35 Tindahan Natin stores up in Mt Province

by Juliet Saley

BONTOC, Mt. Province (4 April) -- To ensure the continuous availability of low-priced but good quality rice to marginalized families, the national government has established Tindahan Natin Outlets (TNO) in depressed barangays.

This is the part of the national government's pro poor programs aimed at generating jobs or livelihood and provides food security to low-income families falling within the poverty threshold.

According to Arnold Lartec of Provincial Social Welfare Development Office, TNO are National Food Authority (NFA) rice outlets identified by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices as a partner in implementing the project.

Lartec said that DSWD granted a P20,000 loan to fund TNO operator which was released directly to the NFA office. The loan is payable in 24-months.

TNO operators shall start paying their monthly amortization of P1,700 for those who availed of the P20,000 and P1,600 to P1,650 for those who availed less than P20,000 after two months of operating their business, Lartec added.

Based on reports of NFA Mt. Province, their are 35 Tindahan Natin Outlets established in the province. Of the total, 21 TNOs are self-funded while the other 14 TNOs are DSWD funded.

Aside from the Tindahan Natin Outlets, the NFA has accredited 15 Bigasan ni Gloria sa Palengke (BGP) established in public markets and 130 Accredited Individual Retailers (AIR) scattered province wide to ensure sufficient supply of quality and low-priced rice to the consuming public.

The NFA authorized retailers buy NFA rice at the NFA office at P16.50 per kilogram and sell it to end consumers at P18.00 per kilogram. (PIA MP) [top]

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