By Zaldy Comanda
BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) assured the ample supply of imported National Food Authority (NFA) rice in Baguio and Benguet and that the prices of basic commodities are within the range of the suggested retail price (SRP).
DTI Baguio-Benguet provincial officer Freda Gawisan said that there is no NFArice shortage in Baguio and Benguet, based in the latest monitoring of the local rice task force (TF) composed of their department, NFA, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Philippine National Police – Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).
“As of today, there is enough supply of NFA rice on display and piled at the market stalls selling NFA rice. There are no queues at the stalls and the task force will assure the public that supply is not only available but that the NFA rice is not being sold like commercial rice,” she said.
The DTI and the the local task force was created and monitors on a daily basis the supply and prices of NFA rice in the area and make sure that NFA rice is not sold as commercial rice.
She bared that 17,000 bags of imported rice from Thailand arrived at the NFA warehouse in Loakan Road, which is expected to last for two weeks.
The rice supply will be distributed to the different NFA retailers in Baguio and Benguet.