New Ifugao NFA manager to look into alleged rice price increase
by Vency D. Bulayungan
Lagawe, Ifugao (7 July) -- The new National Food Authority (NFA) chief here vows to check the alleged price increase of NFA rice in some parts of the province.
Mr. Ruben S. Rimando, Assistant Regional Director and concurrent Officer in Charge of NFA here said that he received some reports that there are TNO (Tindahan Natin Outlets) in the municipalities of Banaue and Mayoyao that are selling NFA rice higher than the required price of P18.25.
According to Rimando, the said outlets increased the price because of the freight which the operators shouldered from the drop point to their stores. "We advised them to either give up selling or give the license to sell to others because selling NFA rice is not for profit rather its service to the poor," Rimando said.
He disclosed that the municipalities of Tinoc and Mayoyao which are six and four hours travel respectively from the capital town of Lagawe are allowed to add an P.80 - P1.00 increase to defray freight expenses. The Mayor of Tinoc appealed to our office to allow the outlets to add a freight charge of P1.60 per kilo.
Rimando said that instead of heading to their appeal to add the said amount, he increased their allocations. The situation here is really different because of the distance and the terrain however we cannot just approve their proposed add on price because we are not allowed to do so, unless the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will approve the freight then we will have a legal basis in approving their request, Rimando said.
The province has 50 Tindahan Natin Outlets (TNOs) and five Bigasan ni Gloria sa Palengke (BGP) which are authorized to sell NFA rice. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]