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525,000 sacks of rice arrive in Subic

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – The government has imported some 725,000 sacks of rice from Vietnam, unloading some 500,000 last week inside this premier Freeport.

According to the National Food Authority (NFA), the imported rice from Hanoi will augment the country’s current rice stocks which were nearly depleted after the Philippines suffered several natural calamities last year that destroyed rice crops and necessitated the distribution of relief goods including rice to millions of Filipinos.

According to NFA-Region 3 Director Amadeo De Guzman, the imported rice is part of the 500,000 metric tons of additional imported rice acquired by the country through the government-to-government importation scheme.

“It will augment the NFA’s food security buffer stocks which were depleted due to the abnormally huge requirement for relief operations after the devastation caused by Typhoon Santi and Supertyphoon Yolanda last year,” De Guzman said.

Central Luzon will receive 525,000 sacks of rice from the whole supply while Region 2 will receive 200,000.

The half a million sacks arrived in Subic Freeport via the MV Voge Fiesta while 225,000 will arrive here via the MV Vinh Phuoc later this month.

De Guzman reiterated that the imported rice from Vietnam are high-quality, adding that the agency does not store rice for more than six months.