The National Food Authority has started buying storm damaged palay in Regions 1, 2 and 3 that were severely affected by Typhoons Karen and Lawin.
NFA Officer In Charge Tomas Escarez has authorized its field offices in Regions 1, 2 and 3 to procure storm damaged palay (SDP) from individual and farmers' groups affected by the recent typhoons that hit these areas. Concerned NFA field offices are allowed to procure SDP for a period of one month. He added that the food agency continues to procure palay especially in surplus provinces at government support price of P17 per kilogram plus a maximum of P0.70 per kilogram incentives under its regular procurement program.
The base price for the procurement of SDP is P11 per kilogram, however it will vary depending on the quality specifications such as moisture content, purity, discoloured and damaged grains. SDP with more than 80% damaged and discoloured kernels shall no longer be bought.
Escarez said that funds to be used in the procurement of SDP shall come from the Calamity Fund or the President's Social Fund. But, he assured affected farmers that the NFA has the needed funds to buy their SDP using the food agency's regular cereal procurement fund (CPF) meantime that the calamity funds for this purpose are not yet remitted by the national government.
He also directed concerned NFA field officials to mobilize their procurement teams, prepare the necessary logistical requirements and coordinate with their local government units (LGUs) and farmers organizations in identifying priority areas for the procurement of SDP.
Meanwhile, NFA has released a total of 25,075 bags of rice as of 24 October 2016 to relief agencies and LGUs for distribution to affected families in typhoon hit areas.
Source: Philippine Information Agency