The National Food Authority has already released 419 bags of rice to the local government unit of Batanes and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for distribution to typhoon victims.
Some 100 bags of rice for DSWD are still on standby ready to be withdrawn from the food agency's warehouse anytime.
Typhoon Ferdie left Batanes in a state of calamity after it hit the province recently. The NFA has a total rice inventory of 5,889 bags as of today, September 20, good to last for 56 days. There was no massive damage to rice stocks stored in the NFA warehouse. Batanes relies mostly on rice supplied by the NFA and a few commercial rice retail outlets.
According to Philip Rumbaoa, NFA's officer-in-charge in Batanes, the people's primary needs now are water and building materials. "We have enough rice for the whole province. Water is the utmost concern since the water system was damaged during the typhoon," Rumbaoa said.
The NFA has an Operations Center (OpCen) which is activated immediately when there's typhoon or other calamities and disasters. It is mandated to immediately respond at least 22 hours after emergencies.
For inquiries, complaints and other concerns, please text the NFA hotline number 0906-4363133 or call OpCen at 454-1344.
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Source: Philippine Information Agency