An undetermined volume of rotten rice intended for the victims of the typhoon in Leyte was found dumped in an open pit in a small village in the province. Several empty sacks have a markings of NFA and DSWD found in the excavated hole.
A concerned citizen who declined to be identified, alerted the police about the ongoing disposal of the rotten rice at Brgy Macaalang in Dagami was being done during night time.
In a post on its Facebook account on November 29, the Dagami Police Station confirmed that concerned citizen report and conducted an ocular inspection of the open pit where the rice were dumped.
Police Senior Inspector Jay Anthony L. Florencio said the pit measured approximately 10 feet wide, 15 feet in length and 8 feet deep.
“With that kind of depth, which even our two patrol cars may fit in, it could be hundreds, even 500 sacks of rice,” Sr. Insp. Florencio said.
The NFA Regional Office Assistant Director Henry Tristeza said the ageny is aware of the incident and is conducting its own investigation.
“Rice is life. We don’t just throw or dump rice unless its toxicity level is high. It is not the policy of the NFA to do that. These spoiled rice could still be used as animal feeds or even fertilizer,” Tristeza said adding that several plastic bags marked “DSWD” were also retrieved from the dumping site.