By Anna Gabriela A. Mogato
THE National Food Authority (NFA) has released 32,391 bags of rice as of today (Sept. 18) to Typhoon Ompong victims.
The rice was distributed through relief agencies and local government units (LGU) in Regions I to V and the National Capital Region (NCR).
The state grains agency has supplied the main office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development with 15,030 bags. 753 bags were released to LGUs, while some 250 bags were released to relief agencies.
Region I received 8,158 bags of rice while 2,594 bags were doled out to Region II. NFA-NCR had previously allocated 6,000 bags of rice for the capital region, well before Typhoon Ompong entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
Some 1,644 bags were released in Region III, the bulk of these going to Pampanga. Region IV and V received 2,605 bags and 1,357 bags, respectively.
“With the damage being so severe, particularly among farmers in the northern part of Luzon, more relief operations are expected in the coming days,” the agency said.
“NFA Operations Centers in the affected regions are still monitoring the situation and always ready to provide quick response to any rice needs for typhoon victims.”
NFA also said that they will continue with its rice distribution program “Tagpuan Rice Response Delivery”, which is in partnership with accredited operators and LGUs, once road access to each calamity area is restored.