Duterte doesn't want NFA chief Jason Aquino speaking on rice supply

Mar 06, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The decision comes after Cabinet members agreed Jason Aquino made a misleading claim that there was a rice shortage, causing prices to increase

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 23rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 5, 2018. Also in the photo is Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Consumer groups suggest ways to deal with NFA rice shortage

Feb 28, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The National Food Authority's existing buffer stock of rice is good for only 1.7 days

NFA RICE. Malacañang says about 325,000 metric tons of rice will arrive in the country 'within the month.' File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Sereno to go on leave, Roque UN special rapporteur, Senate on Jason Aquino | Evening wRap

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:44 PM

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Senators, NFA Council blame Jason Aquino for NFA rice price hike

Feb 27, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Senators and the inter-agency National Food Authority Council say NFA Chief Jason Aquino caused panic among traders and consumers alike

Senate Hearin on Rice Shortage February 27 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Filipino farmers urged to sell their palay to NFA

Feb 22, 2018 - 6:24 PM

'We are appealing to the farmers to help us also. It is not only the task of NFA to ensure food security of the nation, it is the task of everybody,' says National Food Authority Administrator Jason Aquino

DSWD: Low supply of NFA rice will not affect Mayon relief ops

Feb 12, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Should there be shortage of National Food Authority stocks, the DSWD says it will consider purchasing commercial rice, subject to regular procurement rules

DECAMPMENT. Philippine Air Force airman carries a child as soldiers assist the decampment of Mayon evacuees outside the 8-km extended danger zone. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

NFA Council activates authority to import 250,000 MT of rice

Feb 12, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The importation, to be done through government-to-private method, will be used to replenish the National Food Authority's rice buffer stock for calamities or other emergencies

Senate probe into rice shortage should unmask 'NFA syndicate' – Poe

Feb 10, 2018 - 5:25 PM

'Bakit tayo umaabot sa nagkukulang tayo? Meron bang sindikato dyan sa loob na nagpipigil na ang tamang datos ay lumabas?' Senator Grace Poe says of the 'rice shortage' at the National Food Authority

PROBE. Senator Grace Poe said there is a need to investigate "NFA syndicates." Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

ICC on Duterte, Poe slams Roque, Malacanang on rice supply | Evening wRap

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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Malacañang on NFA rice shortage: More stocks on the way

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the National Food Authority Council has not approved the importation of 250,000 metric tons of rice because about 325,000 metric tons will arrive 'within the month'

NFA RICE. Malacañang says about 325,000 metric tons of rice will arrive in the country 'within the month.' File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

BIR on Sereno, Duque confirmation, NFA rice shortage | Evening wRap

Feb 07, 2018 - 9:12 PM

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No importation approval yet amid NFA rice shortage

Feb 07, 2018 - 4:05 PM

National Food Authority Administrator Jason Aquino says their total inventory of about 1.2 million bags will last for only 35 days

LASTING POWER. Domestic rice stock is good enough to last 69 days according to the NFA. File photo by Rappler

Villar seeks Senate probe into NFA rice shortage

Feb 07, 2018 - 1:45 PM

'There is a need to look into the supply of NFA rice for the consuming public,' says Senate committee on agriculture chairperson Cynthia Villar

File photo by AFP

Alleged rice smuggler Bangayan insists: I’m not David Tan

Oct 30, 2017 - 9:58 PM

Davidson Bangayan insists there was no evidence to prove he was the 'David Tan' named in intelligence reports as a big-time rice smuggler

File photo of Davidson Bangayan being arrested in 2014 for a separate electricity pilferage case

NBI revives complaint vs alleged rice smuggler Davidson Bangayan

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Bangayan is again accused of involvement in a scheme that allegedly cornered the National Food Authority's rice import allocations in 2012, taking advantage of farmers

ALLEGED RICE SMUGGLER. Davidson Bangayan, also known as David Tan, is being accused of monopolizing rice trade in local market by the NBI again. Photo from Senate PRIB

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Sep 28, 2017 - 8:04 PM

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Lacson also files complaint vs NFA's Jason Aquino over rice smuggling

Sep 28, 2017 - 6:36 PM

Aquino, who reportedly has close ties to Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, is a former Customs official whom the Bureau warned against in 2016

ECONOMIC SABOTAGE. NFA administrator Jason Aquino faces a graft, economic sabotage and grave misconduct complaint for supposedly allowing the smuggling of P34 million worth of rice. Photo from NFA website

NFA assures public: No fake rice in PH

Jun 23, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Tests conducted by the Food Development Center on alleged fake rice samples have yielded negative results

BEWARE. Filipino consumers are being urged to be more vigilant in buying rice following reports, though still unverified, that fake rice might have infiltrated the Philippine market.

Did Evasco compel Jason Aquino to toe the line?

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Will President Duterte changing his mind about rice importation mean he ll apologize for mistakenly firing Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez?

NFA Council: 250k MT rice to be imported via private traders

Jun 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

UPDATED The Council also introduces changes to the government to private importation scheme to guard against corruption

After Evasco, Go meeting, will NFA issue be resolved soon?

Apr 21, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Two of the President s most trusted men have a talk and make a show of friendship Does this mean the rice importation issue will be resolved soon?

DUTERTE'S TRUSTED. Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco and SAP Bong Go share a light moment at the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Security Briefing held at the Philippine Ports Authority Conference Room in Bohol on April 19, 2017. Presidential photo

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Think tank to Duterte: Allow rice importation, end NFA monopoly

Apr 11, 2017 - 7:42 PM

Neither allowing the National Food Authority to solely import rice nor stopping all rice imports is good for the Filipino consumer or the Filipino rice farmer says an economic policy think tank

RICE POLICY. President Rodrigo Duterte and Agriculture chief Manny Piñol check the quality of the rice harvested during the Grand Harvest Festival of SL Agritech Corporation in Nueva Ecija. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

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Apr 11, 2017 - 1:40 PM

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'Poor card' used on Duterte to muddle rice importation issue

Apr 11, 2017 - 12:05 AM

It s the moral obligation of those people surrounding the President to give him the right information at the right time says dismissed Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez

'MORAL OBLIGATION.' Former Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez says officials in President Duterte's inner circle should not abuse their direct access to him

Duterte orders NFA to prioritize buying rice from PH farmers

Apr 10, 2017 - 8:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells NFA Administrator Jason Aquino who is pushing for government to government rice importation to buy from local farmers instead

LOCAL PRODUCE. President Rodrigo Duterte checks the quality of the hybrid rice harvested during the Grand Harvest Festival of SL Agritech Corporation at the Nagkakaisang Magsasaka Agricultural Primary Multipurpose Cooperative (NMAPMPC) Compound in Talavera, Nueva Ecija on April 5, 2017. Photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo

Growing rift between Duterte's trusted men – Jun Evasco, Bong Go?

Apr 09, 2017 - 11:41 AM

The dismissal of an undersecretary trusted by Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco is the first major outward sign of a power struggle within the Palace

POWER PLAY. Will the President intervene in an apparent power struggle between his two trusted men, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go?

Dismissed Usec Valdez to Duterte: Probe 'NFA syndicate'

Apr 07, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The dismissed Palace undersecretary asks the President to take a second look at importation schemes proposed by NFA Administrator Jason Aquino an ex coup plotter

CONFLICT IN NFA. Dismissed Undersecretary Halmen Valdez insists she and her boss, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr, are working in the interest of Filipino farmers. File photo by Noel Celis / Agence France-Presse

NFA head faces sanction for impeding rice importation orders – Evasco

Mar 05, 2017 - 12:18 PM

The National Food Authority council has decided to extend the rice importation through minimum access volume scheme from February 28 to March 31

File photo by AFP

10 gov’t firms fail to remit P68B in dividends – COA

Oct 31, 2016 - 7:09 PM

State auditors find that from 2004 to 2014 these GOCCs either did not declare failed to record failed to remit or under remitted their dividends

BSP downplays impact of typhoons on inflation

Oct 21, 2016 - 5:35 PM

The central bank says it has taken measures to avert any sharp increase in the price of basic commodities particularly rice

DOWNPLAYS. The central bank downplays the impact of Super Typhoons Karen and Lawin - which battered Northern Luzon over the past two weeks - on inflation. Rice photo by AFP

Change our rice policy

Jun 01, 2016 - 3:30 PM

If the incoming Duterte administration s objective is to make food more affordable then it should go in the opposite direction and make a real change: abolish the NFA s rice monopoly

Unprecedented rice price hike in Tawi-Tawi due to Sabah embargo

Apr 28, 2016 - 5:34 PM

Most of the goods in Tawi Tawi come from Sabah due to its proximity and cheaper cost but a trade embargo is causing prices to spike

PRICE HIKE. Prices of rice from Sabah almost double in Tawi-Tawi after a trade embargo from Malaysia. Photo by Shamad Unding/ Rappler

NFA chief resigns, cites personal and health reasons

Apr 27, 2016 - 12:48 PM

NFA Administrator Renan Dalisay says he has to address a health issue that he can no longer postpone

NFA ADMINISTRATOR. Renan Dalisay has led the National Food Authority since November 2014

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Gov't should be blamed for hunger, violence in Kidapawan – senators

Apr 21, 2016 - 1:23 AM

Government agencies reiterate that they had done what they could

NFA: Beware of fake administrator soliciting money

Jan 23, 2016 - 11:53 AM

This is not the first time someone has claimed to be the administrator of the National Food Authority

Victory Liner to displace NFA rice warehouse in Baguio

Jan 21, 2016 - 9:17 PM

The NFA says it has nowhere to move its warehouse which can hold up to 30 000 sacks of rice and is critical in ensuring supplies during calamities in the region

WHERE TO? The National Food Authority says it was not informed by government that the lot where its warehouse stands in Baguio City has been sold to a bus company. Rappler photo

'Fake rice' just stale, contaminated rice – NFA

Aug 06, 2015 - 3:51 PM

Suspected fake rice turns out to be retrograded rice while the contaminated rice from Davao City is an isolated case according to tests by government agencies

REAL RICE AFTER ALL. NFA Food Development Center Director Jocelyn Sales explains tests done on suspected 'fake rice' samples. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PH sustains liquidity growth, bank lending in June

Aug 01, 2015 - 2:39 PM

Money supply and lending growth are key indicators the BSP studies when setting interest rates because of their impact on inflation

SLIGHTLY EASED. Money supply continues to expand due largely to sustained demand for credit. Photo from Shutterstock

Fake rice: NBI steps in

Jul 13, 2015 - 5:30 PM

NFA findings show that the presence of chemicals in the rice samples could not be attributed to mishandling during delivery

'Fake' NFA administrator extorts from rice traders

Jul 09, 2015 - 4:33 PM

NFA administrator Renan Dalisay says 10 incidents of an impostor administrator calling NFA contractors have been reported to him

'Contaminant' found in alleged fake rice in Davao

Jul 03, 2015 - 3:18 PM

UPDATED The initial findings however are not conclusive yet to determine if the sample is indeed fake rice

INSPECTION. NFA Administrator Renan Dalisay checks a rice store in Metro Manila on June 30, 2015. Photo by NFA

NFA probes fake rice, conducts nationwide inspection

Jun 30, 2015 - 3:44 PM

UPDATED The investigation is prompted by the reported sale of fake rice in Davao City

BEWARE. Filipino consumers are being urged be more vigilant in buying rice following reports, though still unverified, that fake rice might have infiltrated the Philippines market.

NFA rejects rice supply offers

Jun 16, 2015 - 6:16 PM

All offers both initial and revised are above the reference price the National Food Authority says

NFA opens importation of 805,200 MT of rice

Jun 13, 2015 - 1:38 PM

Under the MAV scheme rice importers can enjoy a lower tariff beginning this year until 2017

AGRICULTURAL POWERHOUSES. Come ASEAN integration, Filipino rice farmers would be pitted against Thailand and Vietnam that can easily bring in rice to the Philippines at low tariff. AFP photo shows Filipino farmer in Misamis Oriental

The future of food security

Jun 09, 2015 - 3:25 PM

Without the price support for farmers local rice production will become less profitable and will result in the bankruptcy of farmers

PH gov't opens lower tariff scheme for rice importers in June

Jun 07, 2015 - 7:47 PM

The minimum access volume scheme allows importers from the private sector to bring in rice at lower costs until 2017

Crop damages due to dry spell now worth P2.19B

May 25, 2015 - 10:43 PM

The agriculture department says 29 714 hectares of rice and 25 086 rice farmers are already affected by the prevailing dry spell

Gov't OKs additional 250,000 MT of rice imports

May 22, 2015 - 1:37 PM

The importation is in preparation for the lean months starting July while another 250 000 MT is on standby in case El Niño adversely affects rice production