CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan – Accompanied by National Food Authority (NFA) personnel, the rolling stores of the Tagpuan Day Rice Response Delivery’s project of the NFA Region III Office started delivering rice to indigenous people’s communities, informal settlers, resettlement sites and rehabilitation centers.  The residents said that the presence of the NFA rolling stores in their resettlement sites helped a lot because they could save transport expenses and time. Rez Estoperez, NFA spokesperson and Central Luzon director, said that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte instructed NFA Administrator Jayson Aquino that the government’s cheap rice must reach consumers who are not capable of going to marketplaces to buy the staple food. Estoperez said that for the resettlement sites, the Northville 8 in Malolos was the first beneficiary of the program in Central Luzon that was made possible through the cooperation of the grain retailers association (Grecon) in Bulacan headed by Emmanuel Jacinto who explained that under the program, their association was tapped to provide the rolling stores and coordinate with local officials on the date the cheap rice is to be sold.


On the other hand, Elvira Obana, NFA-Bulacan manager, said that initially five resettlement sites in the cities of Malolos and San Jose del Monte and the towns of Bocaue, Balagtas and Calumpit have been identified as beneficiaries of the program.  “The initial allocation will be 50 sacks of rice and these can be adjusted based on the rice stocks of the grain agency in Bulacan,” Obana added. She said that a maximum of five kilos per consumer is to be sold at P27 per kilo that is graded as 25 percent broken rice. She added that when the rice stocks run out, the NFA will unload its 15 percent broken grain rice stock that will be sold at P32 per kilo.