By Nestor L. Abrematea
Ormoc City – The makers of “puso” or hanging rice in the city are being affected by the rice shortage and the consequent increase in the price of commercial rice.
Puso maker Flor Bonggat, 58, said she has no choice but to raise the price of her products because of the high cost of rice at the city’s public market.
“We have to increase the price of puso or hanging rice from R5.00 to R8.00 per piece as the price of rice has increased and we have no more NFA (National Food Administration) rice to buy at the public market,” Bonggat said.
The NFA has been limiting the distribution of the staple to its dealers because of dwindling stocks.
Puso is rice wrapped in coconut leaves. It is a favorite among Visayans because they can carry it anywhere especially when they travel.