MAASIN CITY, March 24 (PIA) -- The National Food Authority (NFA) in Southern Leyte has assured there is enough rice supply for the province for its daily rice requirement for the next 30 days despite the threat of the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

During the recent Inter-Agency Task Force meeting, Information Officer Eliza Almacen of NFA said their office has 38,000 bags of local rice as buffer stock.

NFA Southern Leyte is also planning for an additional stock of 10,000 bags of rice coming from Mindoro, she added.

Almacen said there are available stocks of rice needed to extend food assistance to families with Patients Under Investigation (PUIs) and Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs) who undergo home quarantine within 14 days.

Almacen added that several municipalities have already bought bags of rice intended for their identified families of PUIs and PUMs who are on home quarantine.

The provincial government of Southern Leyte also wants to preposition ample supply of rice for its food assistance to the families of PUIs and PUMs across the province, Provincial Administrator Jason Calva said.

Almacen also assured that they will continue to serve rice retailers and government agencies that will purchase and withdraw rice from their warehouses.

The Maasin City Public market is now flooded with NFA rice at an affordable price of P27 per kilo.

The National Food Authority (NFA) in Southern Leyte will continue to open its office as one of the frontliners in the province during this COVID-19 pandemic. (ldl/esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)