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Palace wants National Food Authority Council to speak solely on rice

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte has barred National Food Authority (NFA) administrator Jason Aquino from speaking about the Philippines’ rice supply,.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMar 7th, 2018

Rody OKs rice imports to augment NFA buffer

By Ted Tuvera and Angie M. Rosales President Duterte has allowed the National Food Authority (NFA) to import 250,000 metric tons of rice amid reports of a shortage in government stock of the staple grain.Inter-agency NFA Council chairman Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco said Mr. Duterte has allowed the importation aside from an expected shipment of 325,000 MT of rice in February.“We have no option but to follow the President to activate the 250,000 MT on standby that will be on top of the 325,000 MT that will arrive anytime this month,” Evasco said.It turns out, however, that Presidential spokesman Harry Roque missed the President’s instruction to Evasco.Talking to reporters at Palace briefing, Roque said there is no need to import rice yet. “The point is, there’s already rice on its way, no need to authorize the standby order of 250,000 MT because there’s more than enough rice on its way to beef up the NFA stock,” Roque said. Claiming that there is no rice shortage, NFA administrator Jason Aquino said he plans to import rice to replenish the buffer stock.Notably, Evasco and Aquino had been at odds with each other on what mode of rice importation should be done.Evasco cited elements inside the NFA that manipulate importation processes to make money from it.Roque said that Evasco has nonetheless the trust of Mr. Duterte.“If he [Evasco] sees that there are rumblings because somebody wants to make money, so be it, but I’m happy that Secretary Evasco is on top of the situation,” Roque said. “He enjoys full trust and confidence of the President, that’s why until now the President has not commented on this issue because he trusts that Secretary Evasco will do what is best,” he added.Binay: ‘Get your acts together’Sen. Nancy Binay, however, urged agriculture officials to get their acts together on the reported shortage in rice supply of the NFA.Binay took note of the conflicting claims of NFA and Department of Agriculture (DA) officials on the status of NFA rice supply in the market.“My call is for them to hopefully talk. They should stop talking behind the back or blaming each other. It’s high time that they talk and settle the forecasting on the country’s rice stock,” she said.“I hope that DA (Department of Agriculture) Secretary (Manny) Piñol, the NFA Council, and the NFA leadership would sit down and discuss this matter. They should give priority to the need of the nation more than the internal issues among the different agencies,” Binay said.NFA spokesman Rebecca Olarte, last week, said that NFA-accredited rice retailers will not be able to sell NFA rice for the time being and confirmed that it has decided to temporarily discontinue issuing NFA rice to accredited retailers due to low supply.Piñol and Evasco belied the rice shortage, insisting that there is no shortfall on the rice supply in the country and they even said that there are enough stocks for consumption for the next 96 days.“My only concern is that we do not need to reach the stage when the poor can’t buy NFA rice. I guess it is a wakeup call for everybody,” said Binay.The senator herself attested the apparent lack in supply of NFA rice as she tried to purchase some for distribution as relief goods and was told that the price increased from P1,400 to P1,600 per sack.Binay supported the move taken by Sen. Cynthia Villar in conducting an investigation on whether there’s “artificial” rice supply shortage to effect an increase in the price of NFA rice in the market.Meanwhile, the government is expecting palay or paddy rice harvest of 3 million metric tons in the first quarter, which will augment the 2.8 million metric ton surplus from 2017, Agriculture Secretary Emanuel Piñol told DZMM.Piñol said there was no shortage in subsidized rice sold by the NFA, adding raising prices due to an alleged lack in supply amounted to “daylight robbery. Jason Faustino.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Evasco out of NFA council – Palace

The feud among President Duterte’s men in the rice industry is expected to simmer down as Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. has been removed as chairman of the National Food Authority Council. Source link link: Evasco out of NFA council – Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Evasco out of NFA council – Palace

The feud among President Duterte’s men in the rice industry is expected to simmer down as Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. has been removed as chairman of the National Food Authority Council......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Palace warns rice hoarders

Profiteers face economic sabotage charges RICE hoarders will be punished. Malacanang yesterday warned that charges of economic sabotage will be filed against traders hoarding rice in order to justify price increases. Emerging from a meeting with the National Food Authority (NFA) Council, the agency’s top policymaking body, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2018

NFA wants to import another 500,000 MT of rice to boost inventory

The National Food Authority (NFA) is planning to import another 500,000 metric tons of rice to boost its record-low inventory. In a press conference, NFA Administrator Jason Aquino---who heads the management body of NFA---said they would ask the NFA Council in a meeting next Tuesday (July 17) to allow the importation of 500,000 MT of rice as early as possible. If approved, this would bring the agency's imports for 2018 to 1 million MT. It got clearance for two tranches of rice importation at 250,000 MT each tranche earlier. The first tranche is currently being distributed to markets across the country while the second tranche is expected to arrive in August. As more subsidize...Keep on reading: NFA wants to import another 500,000 MT of rice to boost inventory.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

DOT chief still winding down work on rice imports in DA

Incoming tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is still winding down work as head of the interagency National Food Authority Council as the Department of Agriculture proposed an open auction for rice imports......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

Evasco out as head of NFA Council

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. is out of the National Food Authority (NFA) Council, following a row with NFA Administrator Jason Aquino over rice importation. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday that Evasco would no longer head the NFA Council because President Rodrigo Duterte decided on Monday night to put the NFA under the Department of Agriculture, along with the Philippine Coconut Authority and the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol is expected to head the new NFA Council. The council, the policymaking body of the NFA, will also no longer include the Development Bank of the Philippines, which will be replaced b...Keep on reading: Evasco out as head of NFA Council.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Shuffling NFA Council won’t solve rice loss

Secretary to the Cabinet Leoncio Evasco was removed Monday as National Food Authority chairman. He had just reported to President Rodrigo Duterte corruption at the NFA......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

NFA returned to Agriculture dept–Palace

THE National Food Authority (NFA) will be returned to the Department of Agriculture (DA), Malacanang said on Tuesday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque, Jr. said in a statement that the decision was made during the NFA council meeting on Monday night. He also dispelled reports that the council would be abolished. Aside from the NFA, the Philippine Coconut [...] The post NFA returned to Agriculture dept–Palace appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

We don’t need a rice council -- Alvarez

SPEAKER Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez backed yesterday the reported intention of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte to abolish the National Food Authority Council to address the recurring problem with the country’s rice supply, particularly cheaper rice sold by the NFA. “Personally, I think we don’t need such council. We already have an….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 8th, 2018

Roque disputes Piñol over NFA Council abolition

    Does President Duterte want to abolish the NFA Council, the policymaking body of the National Food Authority, to end the conflict between the two over the shortage in the supply of government-subsidized rice?   Yes, says Agriculture Secretary Manny Piol. No, says presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.   The confusion over what the President intended to do with the NFA Council followed a meeting between Mr. Duterte and rice traders on Thursday night.   "He has abolished the NFA Council and he will transfer the NFA and other agencies related to agriculture that were removed from the Department of Agriculture back to the DA," Piol said in...Keep on reading: Roque disputes Piñol over NFA Council abolition.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

Palace clarifies NFA Council not abolished

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Malacañang on Friday denied reports that President Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the abolition of the National Food Authority (NFA) Council. In a statement, presidential spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. clarified that the President had only intended to place the NFA and the NFA Council under the Office of the President […] The post Palace clarifies NFA Council not abolished appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

Duterte wants to abolish Evasco-led NFA Council

President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed his intention to "abolish" the National Food Authority (NFA) Council being led by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. According to sources, he mentioned this plan during his meeting with major rice traders on Thursday night, April 5. Duterte had also supposedly said he would transfer the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

NFA creating fake rice shortage, says Cabinet secretary

  Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco on Wednesday accused the National Food Authority (NFA) of creating an "artificial" rice shortage, as its buffer stock of the staple had dwindled to just 200,000 bags, good for less than a day's supply for the entire country.   But the NFA said the supply shortage was "real."   A report from the agency showed that its rice reserves were already down to zero, while NFA rice on the market was expected to last for less than a half day.   Evasco, who chairs the NFA Council, an 18-member policymaking body, said there was enough rice in the country.   More imported rice, according to him, is arriving in M...Keep on reading: NFA creating fake rice shortage, says Cabinet secretary.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

NFA accused of creating rice shortage

CABINET Secretary and National Food Authority (NFA) Council chairman Leoncio Evasco, Jr. on Wednesday slammed the NFA management for stirring an “artificial” rice shortage that triggered panic among traders and consumers. “The way things are happening now, [NFA] create[d]the artificial shortage and pin[ned the issue]down on the Council; that we are responsible for creating such [...] The post NFA accused of creating rice shortage appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

Palace: Don’t panic; PH rice supply is adequate

Malacaang on Tuesday asked consumers not to panic, following reports that the National Food Authority (NFA) had run out of buffer stock, saying there was enough rice in the country. "We all know that the stocks of NFA are low, but the overall rice supply is more than sufficient with plenty to spare," said Menardo Guevarra, senior deputy executive secretary. "No need to panic," he added. Guevarra also said there was no reason for rice prices to increase and any unusual spikes in prices could only be due to manipulation. The government would keep a close watch on prices and attempts to manipulate these, he said. No excuse Assistant Secretary Jonas Soriano, of the Offi...Keep on reading: Palace: Don’t panic; PH rice supply is adequate.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

Palace says overall rice supply adequate despite low NFA stocks

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said reports that the National Food Authority (NFA) has run out of low-cost rice stocks is no cause for concern, noting that the overall rice supply, including those held by commercial traders, remains adequate. “We all know that NFA stocks are low, but the overall rice supply is more than sufficient with […] The post Palace says overall rice supply adequate despite low NFA stocks appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

NFA rice shortage: Whose fault is it?

MANILA, Philippines – The National Food Authority (NFA) this week sounded the alarm over its depleted rice buffer stock. Its spokesman has called on the NFA Council, chaired by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr, to ensure rice imports arrive in April instead of May, as arranged . For weeks now, the NFA's ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

NFA to conduct open tender for 250,000 MT rice shipment

THE National Food Authority (NFA) said that it is preparing for an open tender to select suppliers for a pre-approved shipment of 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice, which will help replenish its buffer stock. In a statement, NFA Administrator Jason Laureano Y. Aquino was quoted as saying that the NFA Council, which exercises oversight […] The post NFA to conduct open tender for 250,000 MT rice shipment appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 29th, 2018

Anti-political dynasty bill, Quo warranto petition vs Sereno, Evasco on rice importation | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Thirteen of 23 senators sign the committee report approving the bill seeking to ban political dynasties.  Makabayan bloc lawmakers and other individuals separately ask the Supreme Court to junk the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.  Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco says President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the National Food Authority Council to begin ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018