Japan's precooked rice has been released to fight against COVID-19 impacts on food security in the Philippines
The ceremonial turnover of 2 MT or 20,000 meals of precooked rice contributed by Japan through the APTERR’s Tier 3 programmes was hosted by the National Food Authority (NFA) of the Philippines led by Atty. Judy Carol L. Dansal, Administrator of the NFA, at the NFA Central Office located in Quezon City on 8 October 2021 with strict compliance to the health and safety protocols to prevent a widespread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Honourable Masahiro Nakata, Minister for Economic Affairs of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, as the representative from the Government of Japan, attended this significant event. Meanwhile, Mr. Chanpithya Shimphalee, General Manager of the APTERR Secretariat, sent his video message to express his sincere condolences to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and to wish the successful implementation of the precooked rice distribution to the people in need
The precooked rice is a new initiative under Japan’s intention to improve the effectiveness of APTERR’s Tier 3 programme in providing a timely assistance. It can be consumed simply with less time on preparation. The precooked rice will be allocated to a total of 10,000 households in National Capital Region and the nearby provinces of Bulacan and Cavite under joint cooperation between the NFA, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Local Government Units (LGUs) in an effort to mitigate the impacts of food insecurity brought on by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
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