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Despite issue of NFA rice shortage, DSWD assures relief efforts for Mayon evacuees not affected

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Despite the issue of low stocks of National Food Authority (NFA) rice, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured that it will not affect relief efforts for Mayon evacuees.

“DSWD uses NFA rice for the family food packs which the agency distributes to families affected by calamities. So far, the Department has stocks of NFA rice that will last until the first week of March,” DSWD OIC Emmanuel Leyco said in a statement.

The Department said that it continues to coordinateswith the NFA for its rice requirements but they are not closing the possibility of purchasing ommercial rice subject to regular government procurement rules in case the NFA has insufficient rice supplies.

“In case there will be a shortage of NFA rice, the Department will explore purchasing commercial rice,” Leyco said.

“As an institution mandated to quickly implement relief operations in times of disaster, our paramount concern is to ensure that ample family food packs are available for distribution to displaced families,” he added.

If this happens, DSWD said that it just needs to secure a certification from the NFA “clearly stating their inability to supply the requirements of the Department.”

Once secured, the department may now look for other sources of rice, pursuant to Executive Order 58 series of 1998