Twenty-two branches of two supermarkets and a convenience store in Negros Occidental will soon sell the P27 per kilogram rice from the National Food Authority (NFA).
NFA-Negros Occidental provincial manager Frisco Canoy said the 23 stores are included in the list of supermarkets and other commercial establishments covered by the memorandum of agreement among the NFA, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association signed lat 19 September.
The agreement allows supermarkets to obtain NFA rice retailing license and sell the commodity within the mandated consumer price.
To get a license as retailers, supermarkets have to comply with the requirements like rice bag and price tag, among others.
Under the agreement, consumers may buy up to two packs or four kilograms of NFA rice in participating establishments.
“The project may expand to other supermarkets provided there is an agreement with the NFA and DTI,” Canoy said.
As of Friday, listed as participating branches are Prince Warehouse Club Inc. with seven branches in the cities of Bago, Himamaylan, La Carlota, Sagay, Silay and Talisay, and Hinigaran town; KJ Fairmart, which operates a Bayanihan Grocery with two branches along Burgos Market and Barangay Sum-ag in Bacolod; and the 13 branches of Munsterific, a home-grown convenience store in Bacolod.
“These supermarkets will soon become our additional NFA rice outlets,” said Canoy, who met with representatives of the said establishments on Friday to discuss with various concerns, including the requirements.
He added that the selling will probably start in the next two weeks, depending on the compliance of the establishments.