NFA ensures safe and accessible rice to the public

BONTOC, Mountain Province, June 28(PIA) -- The government will always ensure food safety and rice accessibility especially to the marginalized sectors of the community.

 

Reiterating the main functions of the National Food Authority (NFA) during Monday’s flag raising ceremony, NFA Provincial Manager Anthony Agdon said the government through the NFA will always see to it that rice will always be available, accessible and affordable to the consuming public.

With 327 NFA accredited rice outlets scattered in the 144 barangays of the province, Agdon said these rice retailers will ensure the availability and accessibility of government rice that will be sold at subsidized price of P27.00 per kilo.

NFA officials have also repeatedly assured the rice consuming public of stable rice supply for the province.

NFA Economist Elmer Enaje said their office is maintaining10, 000 bags of rice at the Bontoc warehouse while buffer stocks are stored in warehouses in Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya which can be hauled to the province to replenish stocks disposed.

Enaje said aside from the government rice, there is continuous inflow of commercial rice brought about by the good roads leading to and from the province. Commercial rice are sourced from Regions I and 2.

Mt. Province, a highly rice deficient province or which produce only about 42 percent of its total rice consumption, depends on the NFA for about 8% of its rice supply.  The 50% rice supply is provided by the commercial rice retailers.

NFA data showed that the grains office provided 42,454 cavans of rice for the province last year. Same data reveal that people in the province consume an average of 1,460 bags of rice daily.

Meanwhile, Provincial Administrator Amador Batay-an assured the NFA officials that the provincial government together with the Department of Public Works and Highways will help each other to ensure that roads will remain passable for the smooth delivery of the staple to the end consumers. Andrew Doga-ong  (JDP/ABD- PIA CAR, Mountain Province)

 

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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.