National Food Authority Officer-in-Charge Tomas R. Escarez assured the public that the food agency has properly positioned enough rice stocks in warehouses nationwide particularly in areas directly affected by typhoon Lawin.
"We are closely coordinating with relief agencies like the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Regional and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC/PDRRMC), local government units (LGUs), Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), among others. We are ready to issue their rice requirements anytime," Escarez said. The NFA has a standing memorandum of agreement (MOA) with these relief agencies so they can withdraw rice from NFA during emergencies.
Typhoon Lawin made landfall in Southern Cagayan late Wednesday evening.
Escarez has instructed his field executives to safeguard NFA offices/installations/unit offices, properties, stocks and personnel against possible danger. "We have activated our operations center (OpCen) nationwide to ensure 24-hour response and regularly monitor weather bulletins," he said.
As standard procedure, the NFA is also closely monitoring prices of basic commodities, particularly rice, before, during and after the occurrence of natural calamities.
Source: Philippine Information Agency