BACOLOD CITY - Residents of a village here lined up outside the barangay hall on Thursday to buy state-subsidized rice in preparation for the possible effect of typhoon Ompong.
The National Food Authority had its mobile outlet in Barangay Banago, selling rice at P27 a kilo. The most expensive commercial rice in the city now costs P58.
Resident Rose Giltendez found the program timely as she is trying to stock rice and food in light of the approaching typhoon, which is expected to hit northern Luzon and bring rains over parts of the country.
The NFA only allows a consumer to buy 2 kilograms of rice at most.
The agency said this is to allow many underprivileged residents to avail of cheap rice.
Frisco Canoy, provincial manager of NFA in Negros Occidental, said their operation center in the province is on standby should there be requests from local government units for sacks of rice in the event of flooding due to intensified southwest monsoon.