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Cheap rice from the National Food Authority once again fails to bring prices down
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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
For state auditors, the NFA could actually do away with imports if it just uses the funds to boost and buy local rice
Poor families suffer for almost half of the year, as they are left with no choice but to buy regular and well-milled rice
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
National Food Authority spokesperson Rex Estoperez says rice imports from Thailand and Vietnam have been stuck in the ports for 9 days
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the National Food Authority's 'incompetence' caused panic which resulted in higher rice prices
(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.
The two countries are expected to bring in the first batch of rice on May 31, ahead of the so-called lean months
'My job is to fill our warehouse, our inventory,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, maintaining that the Philippines will ease its rice importation rules
The rice tariffication bill aims to amend the present agricultural policy, which allows the National Food Authority to monopolize rice importation
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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
The NFA rice stocks had to be sold quickly because they were 'aged stocks,' claims NFA spokesman Rex Estoperez
'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
(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
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
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Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr pens a confidential memo to President Rodrigo Duterte laying out NFA anomalies under Jason Aquino's watch
'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
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Malacañang is requesting rice traders to help 'rather than take advantage of the situation to make money at the expense of the consuming public'
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
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.
The National Food Authority Council targets the arrival of fresh rice stocks by mid-May
The decision comes after Cabinet members agreed Jason Aquino made a misleading claim that there was a rice shortage, causing prices to increase
The National Food Authority's existing buffer stock of rice is good for only 1.7 days
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Senators and the inter-agency National Food Authority Council say NFA Chief Jason Aquino caused panic among traders and consumers alike
'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
Should there be shortage of National Food Authority stocks, the DSWD says it will consider purchasing commercial rice, subject to regular procurement rules
'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
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'
National Food Authority Administrator Jason Aquino says their total inventory of about 1.2 million bags will last for only 35 days
'There is a need to look into the supply of NFA rice for the consuming public,' says Senate committee on agriculture chairperson Cynthia Villar
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
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
To stop price manipulation hoarding and repacking of NFA rice the government ties up with Kaya Natin in monitoring rice movements in the communities
The government will hold an open bidding for the supply of 800 000 MT of rice buffer stock