S. Cotabato to buy 65K bags of rice for COVID relief operations
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Apr. 6 (PIA) – In a special meeting on Saturday, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of South Cotabato approved a resolution authorizing Governor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. to purchase 65,000 bags of rice from the National Food Authority (NFA) for COVID-19-related relief operations.
Gov. Tamayo sought the permission of the SP for the purchase of NFA rice to back the province’s requirements for relief operations, especially for the ongoing distribution of food aid for families affected by the enhanced community quarantine and calibrated total lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Thursday the provincial LGU started the deployment of food packs to LGUs that have completed their first wave of relief operations including Tupi, Tantangan, Tampakan, Surallah and in Koronadal City.
In several occasions, Gov. Tamayo announced that the provincial government will handle the second wave of food distribution to households in the province’s 10 municipalities and Koronadal City and the subsequent weekly food relief operations with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
During the SP special session, Nelson Sañada, OIC manager of NFA South Cotabato, informed the SP that NFA South Cotabato may need to seek assistance from NFA regional office and nearby stations to supply South Cotabato’s requests.
Manager Sañada explained that at present, NFA South Cotabato has only about 90,000 bags of unhusked palay in stock, “equivalent to only 56,000 of bags when milled, short of the 65,000 requirement of the provincial government.”
He pointed out further that the provincial NFA station is only authorized to release 20,000 bags to LGUs.
“The regional inventory is currently at 1.2 million bags which, based in the daily consumption of 66,000 kg of rice, could last for 33 days,” Sañada said.
He also informed the SP that NFA South Cotabato can provide the provincial requirement in several batches because its contracted millers can only mill 8,000 bags of palay a day.
Meanwhile. Gov. Tamayo, said South Cotabato has more than P100 million in calamity that may defray expenses for the 65,000 bags of rice.
At P1,250 per bag, the Provincial Government of South Cotabato needs more than P81.25 million for the purchase. (DED/PIA-XII)