The National Food Authority and the Catholic Church’s social arm is working  to open the rice outlet in the villages may providing low priced NFA rice to the villagers.

A co-ordination of Caritas Manila executive director Fr. Anton Pascual and NFA Administrator Arthur Juan will work into this matter said NFA spokesman Rex Estoperez in an interview on Church-run Radyo Veritas.

“Ang inuuna po natin base dun sa pakikipag-ugnayan po kay Fr. Anton sa Caritas, yan po ang inuna ni Administrator na yung mga parishes po, mga parokya ay may proyekto ang National Food Authority, ito pong parokya natin isa pong mahalagang channel ito na malawak ang aabutin ng bigas ng NFA sa taong bayan lalong-lalo na po yung mga low-income na atin pong mga kasama po,” he said.

In the interview, Estoperez said  NFA Administrator Juan wants NFA rice priced as low as p27 per kilo so that it can be accessible to the poor.

He added the NFA’s intervention includes “non-traditional outlets,” including parishes.

“Lalo na ngayon July and August, lean months ngayon walang ani, at ang commercial rice natin ay pinipilit nating ibaba, kung hindi sila magbababa patuloy naman mag-intervene ang pamahalaan,” he said.

Estoperez said that the prices of the rice may be revised again in the September when farmers start harvesting the commodity

Estoperez in the meantime also appealed to the public not to waste food – especially rice – at this time.