Two Prince supermarkets, one in Misamis Oriental and another in Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental will soon be able to sell low-priced rice from National Food Authority (NFA) in their retail stall.
Since these two supermarkets are already licensed grains retailers, their manager and/or representative are encouraged to visit the NFA office for the purpose.
This is pursuant to the instruction from Deputy Administrator Judy Carol L. Dansal who likewise told regional directors to immediately license and accredit Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association (PAGASA) supermarkets as NFA retail outlets in accordance to the tripartite agreement signed recently by Department of Trade and Industry, PAGASA and NFA.
Under this tripartite agreement, NFA is duty-bound to license and issue accreditation to PAGASA supermarkets in order for them to retail NFA rice to end-consumers.
A grains retail license is mandatory by virtue of Presidential Decree 4 as amended for any party or individual who will engage in the rice business.
No one is exempted from this law. Dir. Dianne Silva strongly exhorted the instruction from NFA central office to seriously expedite the processing of licenses of PAGASA supermarkets and facilitate their withdrawal of rice allocation from NFA warehouses in the region.
Inked in the Memorandum of Agreement, DTI shall act as the Initiating Agency to engage with the NFA as the Implementing Agency, in accordance with the existing Commission on Audit (COA) Rules and Regulations for the supply of NFA rice. (PR)