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PIA Press Release
2007/02/01

70,000 bags of rice arriving this week - NFA

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (1 February) -- The current stock inventory of 200,000 bags of rice in Davao City will be augmented with the arrival of two vessels from Cebu this week to maintain the level of rice sufficiency in the city.

Lorenzo Camayang, National Food Authority (NFA) manager for Davao City in an interview said the additional 70,000 bags of rice will assure the city's rice sufficiency in case unexpected situation occur.

He also announced that by February an additional 130,000 bags of imported rice will arrive from Vietnam.

"All of this is geared towards maintaining the level of rice sufficiency of the city inorder to complement the city's rice consumption," he said.

He said that on the average, Davao City's consumption is about 7,523 bags per day but NFA posted only about 2,000 bags daily because other rice traders sourced out their requirements from commercial dealers.

Camayang also said that they have opened and maintained 54 "Tindahan Natin" where NFA rice is sold at P18 per kilo.

He said they are also monitoring closely the selling of NFA rice to see to it that no overpricing takes place and that only accredited dealers are allowed to sell.

When asked whether politicians sourced out rice from them, he said that NFA rice is only distributed to their dealers and not to individual consumer even as he said they have not encountered any incident of persons seeking political office who purchase bulk of rice for their electoral campaign.

"Besides we only monitor those stores and outlets where NFA rice are sold at an allowable number of bags," he added. (PIA XI) [top]

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