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Duterte wants Chinese-Filipino businessman to head NFA

Oct 09, 2018 - 9:07 PM

A Chinese-Filipino who has been in the rice business for 'maybe 20 years' may soon be named National Food Authority administrator by President Rodrigo Duterte

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte says army chief Rolando Bautista will be DSWD secretary

Oct 04, 2018 - 9:26 PM

(UPDATED) But the President previously said he offered the post of National Food Authority administrator to Bautista

JAL1, 3 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Philippine Army (PA) Commander Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista on the sidelines of the 121st Founding Anniversary of PA at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on March 20, 2018. Malacañang Photo

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Sep 25, 2018 - 1:14 PM

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'Rice tara-ffication?' Hontiveros bares Jason Aquino's corruption in NFA

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:37 AM

Senator Risa Hontiveros says former NFA chief Jason Aquino is at the 'center' of the supposed 'massive' corruption

Department of Budget and Management Assistant Director Jane Abella answers questions of Sen. Franklin Drilon at the senate budget hearing of the Department of Health. September 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Piñol is new NFA Council chairman, HUDCC moved to OP

Sep 19, 2018 - 7:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte takes away Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr's supervision over 3 agencies

Manny Pinol Secretary, Department of Agriculture June 25, 2018 Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Duterte offers NFA post to Army chief Bautista

Sep 16, 2018 - 3:33 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte wants Army chief Rolando Bautista to rationalize the 'idiotic' structure of the National Food Authority

NEXT NFA ADMINISTRATOR? Lieutenant Rolando Bautista, chief of the Philippine Army, was previously the overall ground commander in Marawi City. File photo by Rappler

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Sep 11, 2018 - 8:42 PM

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Duterte replacing NFA administrator Jason Aquino

Sep 11, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The embattled NFA administrator asked to be relieved because he is 'tired,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NFA Administrator Jason Aquino on Sept 3, 2018 during a budget hearing of the agency in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Sep 10, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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Rice prices jump to new highs in 4th week of August

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Cheap rice from the National Food Authority once again fails to bring prices down

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Sep 03, 2018 - 9:19 PM

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House probe sought into NFA’s alleged misuse of rice funds

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The Makabayan bloc also wants the House agriculture and food committee to probe the NFA’s failure to procure 124,969 metric tons of rice in 2017

NFA RICE. Workers pile sacks of rice in a National Food Authority warehouse. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

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Aug 29, 2018 - 8:27 PM

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Aug 28, 2018 - 9:02 PM

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NFA's diversion of funds to loans caused rice shortage – COA

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:47 PM

For state auditors, the NFA could actually do away with imports if it just uses the funds to boost and buy local rice

Newly imported NFA rice is back at the Kamuning Public Market in Quezon City on June 26, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Rice prices soar as Duterte marks 2nd year in office

Jun 24, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Poor families suffer for almost half of the year, as they are left with no choice but to buy regular and well-milled rice

COA orders 9 NFA provincial offices to return P6M in grocery allowances

Jun 17, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The Commission on Audit junks the appeals of National Food Authority provincial offices, saying that the allowances were released in 2012 without presidential approval

REFUND. COA is ordering officials and emplooyes of 9 NFA provincial offices to return P6-million food and grocery incentives they paid themselves in 2012.

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Jun 14, 2018 - 12:39 PM

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FLOODED. People cross a flooded intersection in Manila, August 19, 2013. Photo by Rappler

Duterte stripped Evasco of powers for being 'too short-sighted'

Jun 13, 2018 - 6:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says the government will import even more rice as he does not believe the Philippines can ever be rice self-sufficient

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr., Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea engage in a discussion prior to the start of the 24th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on April 4, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bad weather stalls NFA rice distribution

Jun 12, 2018 - 5:43 PM

National Food Authority spokesperson Rex Estoperez says rice imports from Thailand and Vietnam have been stuck in the ports for 9 days

Higher prices partly due to NFA's 'incompetence' – Diokno

Jun 11, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the National Food Authority's 'incompetence' caused panic which resulted in higher rice prices

GOING DOWN. Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno says inflation is already decelerating. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Rice, corn output up in first quarter of 2018

May 07, 2018 - 3:50 PM

(UPDATED) Some 4.7 million metric tons of rice is produced between January to March of this year, up 6.8% from the same period last year. Corn production is at 2.5 million metric tons, gaining some 4.2% year-on-year.

NFA awards 250,000 MT rice supply to Thailand, Vietnam

May 04, 2018 - 5:31 PM

The two countries are expected to bring in the first batch of rice on May 31, ahead of the so-called lean months

 RICE STOCK. Workers pile sacks of rice at a National Food Authority warehouse

Duterte says 'anybody who has money' allowed to import rice

Apr 29, 2018 - 9:23 AM

'My job is to fill our warehouse, our inventory,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, maintaining that the Philippines will ease its rice importation rules

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to some members of his Cabinet while convening with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañang on April 5, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Philippines hopes to pass rice tariffication law in 2018

Apr 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The rice tariffication bill aims to amend the present agricultural policy, which allows the National Food Authority to monopolize rice importation

RICE TARIFFICATION. Even if 250,000 MT of imported rice is scheduled to arrive in May, the government says this will not be able to meet the country's rice demand in the succeeding months

NFA set to import 250,000 MT tons of rice in May

Apr 20, 2018 - 9:17 PM

The National Food Authority reopens government-to-government importation with invitations sent to the embassies of Thailand and Vietnam

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NIGHT NO MORE. PNP bans Oplan Tokhang from being conducted at night. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] The alarming depletion of NFA rice under Duterte’s watch

Apr 19, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Now we’ve run out of subsidized rice – the first time this has happened since NFA’s creation in 1972, or in nearly 50 years

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Apr 18, 2018 - 8:52 PM

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Evasco says ‘good relationship’ with Duterte intact

Apr 18, 2018 - 11:21 AM

'I can never break the good relationship I have with the President,' says Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr after President Rodrigo Duterte transferred the supervision of the National Food Authority from Evasco's office to the agriculture department

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with National Food Authority (NFA) Council Chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. on the sidelines of the NFA Council meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Apr 17, 2018 - 9:18 PM

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Nothing anomalous in selling Eastern Visayas rice to Bulacan traders – NFA

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:35 PM

The NFA rice stocks had to be sold quickly because they were 'aged stocks,' claims NFA spokesman Rex Estoperez

Rex Estoperez NFA Spokeperson. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Jason Aquino won, consumers lost in NFA Council shake-up – Pangilinan

Apr 17, 2018 - 4:51 PM

'Bakit 'yung may track record na malinis at nagpapaimbestiga ng mga iligal na gawain sa NFA ang tinanggal habang ang mga sangkot sa kurakot ang kinampihan?' asks Senator Francis Pangilinan, former National Food Authority Council chair

Senate hearing for Dengvaxia case. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Evasco out as NFA Council chairman

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:58 PM

(UPDATED) The removal of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr from the National Food Authority Council is a 'loss in our fight against corruption in the importation and management of rice,' says Senator Bam Aquino

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the National Food Authority (NFA) Council at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. Joining the President is NFA Council Chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte OKs gov't-to-gov't rice importation

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:19 PM

National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino has pushed for government-to-government importation but Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr and the NFA Council have fiercely opposed it

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

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Apr 17, 2018 - 1:39 PM

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NFA transferred back to agriculture department

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:14 PM

The National Food Authority used to be under the supervision of the office of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr

PALACE MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a group shop after a meeting with somemembers of the National Food Authority Council members on April 16, 2018. Photo from Facebook page of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol

NFA's Aquino diverted E. Visayas rice to Bulacan rice traders – memo to Duterte

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr pens a confidential memo to President Rodrigo Duterte laying out NFA anomalies under Jason Aquino's watch

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

House minority leader urges NFA chief Jason Aquino to resign

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:05 PM

'Ano pa ang hinihintay mo, 'di ba? Halatang-halata naman ngayon na kumikita ngayon ‘yung mga importer saka ‘yung mga hoarder ng bigas,' House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez tells National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino

RESIGNATION CALL. House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez holds a press conference on April 10,2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda

Duterte defends NFA chief Jason Aquino: ‘I trust him’

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'Ignore the [NFA] Council which is mandated by law, go ahead and make the importations,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino

RICE SUPPLY ISSUES. President Rodrigo Duterte talks rice traders during a meeting in Malacanang on April 5, 2018. Presidential Photo

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Apr 06, 2018 - 7:42 PM

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Lawmakers slam Duterte's plan to abolish NFA Council

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:33 PM

Abolishing the National Food Authority Council 'turns a blind eye to allegations of corruption and condones incompetence and mismanagement by the [NFA] administrator,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

Duterte wants NFA placed under Office of the President

Apr 06, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The President wants all rice importation matters to be handled by Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the National Food Authority (NFA) Council at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. Joining the President are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, NFA Council Chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary General Ernesto Pernia. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte wants to 'abolish' Evasco-led NFA Council

Apr 05, 2018 - 11:23 PM

During a meeting with rice traders, the President also expresses an intention to transfer NFA and NIA out of Evasco's supervision and back under the Department of Agriculture

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to some members of his cabinet while convening with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the ceremonial distribution of the Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries at the Sultan Kudarat Sports and Cultural Center in the Municipality of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on April 2, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to meet big rice traders amid NFA shortage

Apr 04, 2018 - 12:35 PM

Malacañang is requesting rice traders to help 'rather than take advantage of the situation to make money at the expense of the consuming public'

RICE SHORTAGE. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with big rice traders on April 5, 2018, to discuss the NFA rice shortage. File photo by Malacañang

NFA rice shortage: Whose fault is it?

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:26 PM

The National Food Authority Council, says its spokesman, wonders why the NFA distributed a lot of its rice stocks to retailers during the harvest season

Tug-of-war between Evasco, NFA's Aquino continues

Mar 24, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Jason Aquino scores a win with Duterte's recent order for immediate rice importation but the President still leaves it up to an Evasco-led council to decide on the critical details. Rappler draws up a timeline of the clash between the two.