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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

After Dominguez-Piñol 'showdown,' Duterte OKs 'open' rice importation

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte sides with Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez who pushed for lifting restrictions on rice importation and letting market forces decide rice supply

Goodbye bukbok? Gov’t to inspect imported rice before shipment to PH

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:15 PM

A Department of Agriculture-National Food Authority team will check rice shipments at the source, to ensure the quality of the imported grains to be sold to Filipino consumers

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

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol previously said the Philippines would have a rice problem if the country relied on imports to meet demand for the staple

Makabayan lawmakers seek House probe into bukbok rice importation

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:49 PM

The progressive legislators argue Filipino taxpayers deserve to know how much of their money was spent for the importation of rice infested with weevil or 'bukbok'

BUKBOK RICE. Makabayan legislators want the House of Representatives to investigate the bukbok rice importation. Photo from Shutterstock

Piñol wants special rice imports for Zambasulta area

Aug 27, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The proposal comes after Zamboanga City and Basilan both declared a state of calamity over rice prices reaching as high as P70 per kilo

MORE IMPORTS. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol wants more rice imports to solve the rice crisis in Zamboanga and Basilan. Photo from Piñol's Facebook page

Rice imports fail to tame inflation in July 2018

Aug 07, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Statistics Authority says rice inflation rose to 5% in July. The average price of regular milled rice is over P41 per kilo.

RICE TARIFFS. Farmers and advocacy groups  say rice tariffication will not solve the country's rice problems. File photo by Maria Tan/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

Gov't to support farmers amid moves to lift rice import quotas

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:55 AM

(UPDATED) Lifting rice import quotas means cheaper rice for consumers, but may hurt Filipino farmers if they can't compete with their counterparts in countries like Vietnam

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

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

Vietnam PM tells Duterte they can supply PH with rice

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Singapore

VIETNAM PM. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a courtesy call in September 2016. 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

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

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

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.

TIMELINE: Clashes between Evasco and NFA's Aquino

Mar 24, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Rappler traces important events marking conflict between the NFA Council, led by Cabinet Secretary Evasco, and NFA chief Jason Aquino, and how President Duterte has mediated between the two

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the National Food Authority (NFA) Council at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:09 PM

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On Duterte's orders, NFA Council speeds up rice procurement

Mar 22, 2018 - 11:43 AM

The National Food Authority Council targets the arrival of fresh rice stocks by mid-May

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

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

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Feb 08, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: 'Unli-rice' and unlimited possibilities

Jun 19, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It is unrealistic for public officials to expect Filipinos to expand their diet when they have nothing else – except government-supplied rice – to begin with

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?

After criticisms, Villar clarifies she won't file bill vs unlimited rice

Jun 15, 2017 - 11:57 AM

I just voiced out my concern that eating too much rice is one of the main causes of high blood sugar that leads to diabetes Senator Cynthia Villar clarifies in a statement

UNLI RICE. Senator Cynthia Villar clarifies her earlier statement and says she will not file a bill seeking to ban the serving of unlimited rice in restaurants. File photo

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

Who is NFA chief Jason Aquino and why is he controversial?

Apr 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The Bureau of Customs published in 2015 a notice to warn the public against transacting with retired army major Jason Aquino one of a few dozen employees earlier accused in the media of colluding with smugglers

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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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

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

Inflation rises to 2.5% in November

Dec 06, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The increase means the country s inflation rate is at its highest level since February 2015

DOF expects October inflation at 2.5%

Oct 28, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Benign inflation will continue to support economic growth and steel the economy from external volatilities DOF Undersecretary Gil Beltran says

WITHIN RANGE. The expected uptick would peg the 10-month inflation rate at 1.6%, which is still below the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC)'s target range of 2% to 4% in 2016. Photo by Agence France-Presse

Inflation rises to 2.3% in September

Oct 05, 2016 - 6:06 PM

The September figure – the highest recorded for the year so far – is still within the central bank s forecast of 1 6 to 2 4

Betting against the weather: PH imports 1M tons of rice and hopes it is enough

Aug 24, 2016 - 6:28 PM

Local rice output is down so far and government projections that it would rise in the second half of 2016 look misguided given recent weather patterns

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

Diokno to next president: Focus on tax reform, foreign ownership limits

Apr 19, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Former budget secretary Benjamin Diokno says President Benigno Aquino III s successor can make major changes to entice foreign investors

Photo by Chris Schnabel/Rappler

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

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

April PH imports decline, lowest in 3 months

Jun 25, 2015 - 4:20 PM

Capital and consumer goods remain afloat despite the year on year decline the National Economic and Development Authority says

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

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

Vietnam to bag deal for part of PH rice import needs

Jun 06, 2015 - 1:05 PM

The Philippine government moves to further improve the rice buffer stock for the coming lean months brought by the expected poor production this semester

STOCKING UP. 500,000 metric tons of rice are needed for the lean season. File photo by Rappler

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

PH to ink agriculture, food cooperation agreement with Cambodia

Apr 07, 2015 - 8:15 AM

The country’s Department of Agriculture is already working on the details of the technical cooperation and information exchange between the two countries

PH rice inventory good for 69 days – PSA

Mar 07, 2015 - 3:02 PM

As of February domestic rice and corn inventory levels are both up from last year

Domestic rice stocks will last 69 days according to the NFA. File Photo by Rappler