Lack of NFA rice may affect relief efforts for Marawi evacuees - official

Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 09 2018 06:14 PM | Updated as of Feb 09 2018 06:33 PM

Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

ILIGAN CITY - The National Food Authority's (NFA) storehouse in this city is almost empty, prompting concern from local officials that relief efforts for evacuees from conflict-stricken Marawi City might be affected. 

As of Friday, only 3,500 bags of rice or half of the supposed daily stocks for release were available at the NFA warehouse here. 

NFA officer-in-charge Sambitory Dimaporo is wary that the shortage might affect relief distribution to thousands of evacuees from neighboring Marawi as the social welfare office is getting their rice supply from them.

"If another calamity hits us, there's nothing more we can give. Our supply could only last until end of March," Dimaporo said.

The report came as other areas cited a lack of supply in NFA rice.

Retailers here said they have not been sold NFA rice for three weeks now. Two retailers have already shut their stores.

Dimaporo said the Department of Social Welfare and Development, local government units, and offices of lawmakers and senators would be the NFA's priorities in the release of rice supply. 

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Iligan and Lanao del Norte also rely on NFA for rice supply.