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NFA to use ledger to monitor rice distribution

Posted by Abi Kwok on September 9, 2008

By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 13:22:00 09/09/2008

MANILA, Philippines — The National Food Authority (NFA) has reiterated that only those with government-issued family access cards (FAC) could purchase subsidized rice for P18.25 per kilo, the head of the NFA said.

Administrator Jessup Navarro added that only accredited Tindahan Natin (TN) outlets could distribute the NFA rice using an authorized Rice Allocation Ledger that would help TN operators closely monitor and distribute rice only to those with FACs.

Navarro said one of the main problems they have encountered was that even families without FACs purchase NFA rice at TN stores.

“At present, anybody can buy rice at any TN outlet and they directly compete with the poor,” he added.

Each TN store will also be provided with a Rice Allocation Ledger, where operators will record all rice stocks daily. “The NFA will strictly pursue the policy of no rice allocation ledger, no rice allocation to TN outlets,” Navarro said.

The more than 350,000 family beneficiaries of FAC across the National Capital Region could purchase NFA rice at the more than 1,400 accredited TN outlets across the region.

Meanwhile, those who do not have FACs can purchase NFA commercial rice at P25 per kilo, he said.

With this move, “the low income group and underprivileged sector gets the assurance of optimizing the benefits from the rice subsidies and other hunger mitigating programs of the government. We can specifically focus our distribution efforts of the affordable rice to families who really need assistance from the government,” Navarro said.

FAC beneficiaries can purchase up to two kilograms per family per day.

Last week, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced that it has finished distributing the FACs.


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