Lino Lamojer of the National Food Authority Iloilo said the boatload of Vietnamese rice is an additional to the earlier 132,000 bags of Vietnamese rice that have arrived on April 4 and now being unloaded for transfer to the NFA warehouses in Jaro, Iloilo City, and in Dumangas town in Iloilo province.
The NFA expects the additional 118,000 bags of rice to arrive next week onboard MV My Hung from Vietnam. These are part of the 250,000 bags of rice intended to ensure enough supply for consumption of residents of Panay Island where Iloilo is situated and Guimaras that are being affected by the onset of the El Nino phenomenon.
Meanwhile, Lamojer said the unloading of the 132,000 initial bags of rice started on Monday with the remaining 42,000 bags still to be unloaded as of early Friday morning.
Vietnam is a major source of imported rice to the Philippines. Hanoi has a rice-supply agreement with Manila.
Recently Vietnam was awarded the contract to supply 300,000 metric tons (MT) of rice to the Philippines this year. The NFA said Vietnam will supply 150,000 MT each of the 15 percent and 25 percent broken rice.