TAGBILARAN CITY – The National Food Authority (NFA) has brushed aside allegation that rats migrated to neighboring residences since its warehouse is not rat-infested, agency’s information officer Joel Castillo said. The reaction came following DyTR’s Cuentas Claras program last week brought to the agency’s attention of the said allegation. There’s no reason that rats made an exodus to other residence since the agency and its bodega have no stagnant water, Castillo said. He assured that NFA is doing regular warehouse keeping and proper sanitation.
On the issue of alleged forced buy of two different varieties of NFA rice, Castillo explained that the agency discouraged this malpractice by its outlets. He said that NFA has given consumers the option to purchase what they want. The complaints alleged that an unnamed owner of NFA-accredited outlet in Central market of this city made it a compulsory for a consumer to buy five kilos each of the varieties at Php27/kilo and PhP32/kilo.
The NFA vowed to look into this, Castillo said, adding that they deployed “palengke” watchers monitoring their outlets and goods.
He said that the rice sold at Php32/kilo is a variety came from Vietnam that had been stocked during the last quarter of the year. While the one sold PhP27 came from Thailand that arrived during the first month of the year.
It will be recalled that NFA penalized two outlets by having their accreditation cancelled for committing “diversion.”
But Castillo did not name the violators who were based on Loon town. Their accreditation with NFA will never be renewed, he said once an outlet violates.
He explained that “diversion” refers to selling NFA rice supply to unauthorized area. Accredited outlets in the municipalities are allowed only to sell rice in their area they are authorized.
He added that there has been a decline of “adulteration,” which refers to mixing NFA rice with other variety for commercial purposes. (rvo)