THE National Food Authority has released a total of 3,325 bags of rice to relief agencies for distribution in Typhoon Lawin-affected areas.
As of October 19, the food agency had issued 1,420 bags of rice to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for its relief operations in areas affected by “Lawin.” The areas include La Union which received 720 bags; Tuguegarao, 300 bags; and Isabela, 400 bags.
The NFA also released the rice requirements of local government units (LGUs) affected by the recent typhoon: in La Union, 20 bags; Eastern Pangasinan, 100 bags; Western Pangasinan, 396 bags; Tuguegarao (Cagayan), 320 bags; Allacapan, 291 bags; Isabela, 130 bags; Nueva Vizcaya, 86 bags; Aurora, 250 bags; Tarlac, 35 bags; and Camarines Norte, 6 bags.
The remaining 277 bags were released through relief agencies to Tuguegarao (Cagayan), 100 bags; and Isabela, 177 bags.
NFA Officer in Charge Tomas R. Escarez said the NFA is in constant coordination with relief agencies for the immediate release of their rice requirement.
The NFA regularly conducts monitoring of basic commodities in the affected areas. NFA monitoring teams reported that supply and prices of commercial rice and other basic commodities remain stable. Prevailing rice market prices were monitored at P32 to P36 per kilogram.
Before typhoon Lawin made landfall, the NFA had activated its Operations Center to ensure 24-hour response and regularly monitor weather bulletins.