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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 Council allows selected retailers, traders import more rice

The National Food Authority (NFA) council approved the proposal of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to have selected retailers and traders import a total of 350,000 metric tons of rice, w.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

NFA Council approves three rice importations at 2-week intervals

THE National Food Authority (NFA) Council has decided to authorize private-sector imports of 750,000 metric tons (MT) of rice in three batches of 250,000 MT each, arriving every two weeks starting Nov. 30......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

After Piñol slams rice imports, PH to import 1 million MT of rice in 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The National Food Authority (NFA) Council  approved the standby importation of one million metric tons (MT) of rice for 2019, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced on Monday, September 24.  Piñol, who now serves as the NFA Council head, also announced the entry of an additional ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 25th, 2018

News Briefs: Sept. 25, 2018

NFA Council OKs importation of extra 500,000 tons of rice   The government will import 500,000 metric tons of rice in addition to the recently approved purchase of 250,000 tons---all to arrive within this year --- as part of efforts to end a shortage of low-priced grains, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol has announced.   Piol, who also now chairs the National Food Authority (NFA) Council, the agency's governing body, said the additional importation was discussed during a council meeting on Monday.   The council approved the importation of 250,000 tons of rice three weeks ago, before the NFA was brought back under the supervision of the Department of Ag...Keep on reading: News Briefs: Sept. 25, 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

NFA Council approves further rice imports of 500,000 MT

THE National Food Authority (NFA) Council has approved the importation of an additional 500,000 metric tons (MT) of rice this year and a standby volume of 1 million metric tons for 2019, according to agriculture secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol. The post NFA Council approves further rice imports of 500,000 MT appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

Duterte expects better NFA efficiency under DA – Palace

President Rodrigo Duterte is expecting more efficient and closer coordination between agriculture-related departments amid the soaring prices of rice now that supervision of the National Food Authority (NFA) has been returned to the Department of Agriculture (DA), Malacaang said Thursday. "We're hoping that the NFA, Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and if I'm not mistaken the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), back under the DA (supervision), ay magkakaroon po ng closer coordination sa panig ng DA at ng mga ahensya na closely naman associated sa agriculture," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing. "Inaasahan natin na mas magiging efficient 'yung d...Keep on reading: Duterte expects better NFA efficiency under DA – Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Robredo: Duterte, aides sowing confusion

LEGAZPI CITY --- Vice President Leni Robredo said conflicting and wrong information from heads of agencies under the Duterte administration was causing confusion and fear among Filipinos, fueling increases in prices of commodities.   She said there were instances when heads of agencies could not get their acts together and create confusion.   She cited as example the rice supply controversy.   Different tunes   While President Rodrigo Duterte denied there was a problem in supply, the National Food Authority Council approved a request to import more rice to boost government stock.   Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piol backed the P...Keep on reading: Robredo: Duterte, aides sowing confusion.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

NFA chief Jason Aquino still liable for rice woes — Palace

Despite his “request” to be relieved from his post, outgoing National Food Authority administrator Jason Aquino could still be held liable if proven that he was involved in any wrongdoing while in government......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

NFA administrator out Duterte asks Congress: Abolish NFA Council

With the country’s rice supply still dwindling, President Duterte is now in search of a new head for the state-run National Food Authority after his appointee Jason Aquino requested to be relieved......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

NFA Council OKs add l rice imports

The policy-making body of the National Food Authority (NFA) has approved the additional importation of rice this year as rice prices continue to spike. Following a meeting on Tuesday, an official f.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

NFA Council OKs additional 250,000 MT rice imports

THE policy-making body of the National Food Authority (NFA) has approved the additional importation of 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice this year to beef up the agency’s current stock. Following a meeting on Tuesday, the council ordered the NFA to hold an open tender “immediately” for the importation of the additional rice stocks. NFA [...] The post NFA Council OKs additional 250,000 MT rice imports appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Wanted: United action on rice issue

WITH the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) recently revealing that inflation has hit 6.4% this August, House Appropriations Committee Chairperson Rep. Karlo “Ang Probinsyano” Nograles on Wednesday urged members of the National Food Authority (NFA) Council and NFA management led by NFA Administrator Jason Aquino to “set aside their differences,….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

NFA council approves additional importation of rice

    The policy-making body of the National Food Authority (NFA) has approved the additional importation of rice this year as rice prices continue to spike. Following a meeting on Tuesday, an official from the NFA said its council has given the go-signal to purchase 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice this year under a government-to-private (G2P) importation. Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco earlier described G2P as "more competitive, least corrupt and transparent." Under G2P, private suppliers are allowed to participate in the bidding and would be covered by the procurement law. This is in contrast to a government-to-government (G2G) procurement where there is n...Keep on reading: NFA council approves additional importation of rice.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Reorganize NFA Council, include agriculture dept – Villarin

MANILA, Philippines – A National Food Authority (NFA) which lacks authority – this was the sentiment of some legislators during the second budget briefing of the agency on Monday, September 3.  Lawmakers pressed NFA Administrator Jason Aquino  on why the agency failed to address the high prices of rice and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Malacañang Urges NFA, Council to Stop Blame Game on Rice Woes

Malacañang on Wednesday advised officials of the National Food Authority (NFA) and its policy-making body, the NFA Council, against blaming each other for the country’s insufficient rice supply and its increased prices. In a congressional hearing Tuesday, NFA officer-in-charge Tomas Escarez blamed “the bureaucracy” at the NFA Council for the delayed arrival of imported rice […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

Solution to rice mess beyond the blame game

The rice supply and price controversy has so many factors that we must look deeper into, beyond the blame game and finger-pointing that we are now seeing between the National Food Authority (NFA) and the NFA Council. Start with this stark reality: the insufficient supply of NFA rice, the most affordable for ordinary Filipinos, has [...] The post Solution to rice mess beyond the blame game appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018