South Korea donates 950 MT rice for PH calamity victims
The South Korean government recently donated 950 metric tons (MT) of rice to the Philippines, recipients of which will be the thousands of Filipino families adversely affected by natural disasters and calamities last year.
Recipients include the earthquake victims in Mindanao, particularly in North Cotabato and Davao del Sur, and other areas in regions 11 and 12, and flood victims in Cagayan Valley last year.
The rice donation is part of the emergency food assistance of South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA).
In his letter to MAFRA Minister Kim Hyeon-Soo, Agriculture Secretary Dar said “South Korea’s donation is a manisfestation of your country’s dependable support and concern to the Filipino people, and rest assured the rice will go beyond its initial intended purpose”.
National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Judy Carol Dansal said the non-glutinous rice was shipped by the Korea Agro-Fisheries and Food Trade Corporation to the NFA as part of the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve Tier 3 (APTERR Tier 3) Program.
The rice shipments arrived last March at the ports of General Santos City (600 MT) and Manila (350 MT) and temporarily kept at NFA warehouses.
The NFA is set to turn over the South Korean rice donation to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for distribution to affected families in Regions XI, XII and Cagayan Valley as identified by the DSWD in coordination with the concerned LGUs, said NFA chief Dansal, who represents the Philippines in the ASEAN emergency rice reserve initiative.
The APTERR Tier 3 is a regional cooperation mechanism involving ASEAN member countries plus the Republic of Korea, Japan and the People’s Republic of China. It aims to strengthen food security and provide emergency rice assistance to victims of natural calamities in member countries.