In order to make available affordable rice to low-income families, the National Food Authority (NFA) has revived its retail outlets inside Barangay Food Terminals (BFT) across the country.
NFA Administrator Jason Aquino has instructed NFA field officers to intensify their rice distribution to reach more consumers nationwide.
There are 76 NFA rice outlets in BFT all over the country, which actively get rice allocation of five to 35 bags per week, selling three to 10 kilograms of rice per customer.
The NFA is strengthening its distribution systems across the country to serve more low-income earners or consumers who belong to the marginalized sector, Aquino said.
BFT serve as trading centers to connect farm producers directly with consumers.
BFT are operational in Benguet, Kalinga, Masbate, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte, Albay, Cavite, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, General Santos, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Caraga and some parts of Metro Manila.
The NFA also activated two outlets for the Indigenous Peoples (IP) in Kidapawan serving 40 to 50 families with an allocation of five bags of NFA rice per week.
A total of 19,359 accredited rice retailers all over the country sell NFA rice at P27 and P32 per kilogram.
The NFA is appealing to the public to help in monitoring the supply and the prices of rice in markets. The public may report to Hotline 8888 or Text NFA at 0906-4363133 for any irregularities like overpricing or passing off NFA rice as commercial variety.