The National Food Authority (NFA) on Wednesday admitted limiting the sale of rice in Davao City markets due to low inventory.
NFA Davao City Manager Leonila Selpa bared that their warehouses only have 35,929 bags of rice as of Wednesday that would be enough to last until the next delivery of stocks.
“In our inventory, our stocks are dwindling,” she said.
Selpa said the NFA was implementing the fixed scheme of distribution every week unlike before that even during the low supply season they could give many sacks of rice to the retailers depending on their capitalization.
She said the NFA gives 40 bags to some institutional agencies, the major market retailers with 30 bags while 20 bags for the minor retailers. Retailers outside of the market are given 10 bags and the Bigasan sa Parokya Outlet or church-based retailers are now given also 10 bags.
In Davao City, there are 210 total accredited retailers, 131 of them are outside the market, 66 retailers in the market while 13 are church-based retailers.
“We are trying to stretch it so that the NFA rice is still visible and accessible in the markets to serve the poorest of the poor,” she said.
Selpa, however, clarified that there was no rice shortage in the city since there was still NFA rice available in the markets.
“There are other regions already stopped selling NFA rice because of low inventory,” she said.
Selpa said the NFA also wanted to retain buffer stocks that would be used for an emergency in case of calamity.
“We give priority to relief operations and supplemental feeding programs,” she said.
She said the office prioritizes the supplies for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Disaster Risk Reduction Management Offices (DRRMO) and Local Government Units.
According to her, the NFA General Manager Jason Aquino is recommending to the NFA council for the importation to replenish the rice supply.
She said it might take a long time since it would undergo bidding process before purchasing of new rice supply in the country. (PNA)