Who would benefit from an emergency order for imports of around a million tons because government rice stocks were artificially run down?
NFA-Bicol director Henry Tristeza leads a taste test of the fumigated rice which will be distributed all over Bicol region
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
House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya suggests ways to address the ongoing rice crisis
(UPDATED) The National Food Authority denies there was diversion of funds, saying that the money of the agency is 'in good hands'
Putting a cap on prices may sound like a good idea, but it may actually lead to a rice shortage
The left-leaning legislators argue the state of calamity declared in Zamboanga City over soaring rice prices is a 'microcosm of the instability of food security in the country'
(UPDATED) Why this burgeoning rice crisis? I argue that government is wholly to blame.
Zamboanga City Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde says the city will remain under a state of calamity to help local officials address the problem of high rice prices
National Food Authority Spokesperson Rex Estoperez says imported rice is safe to eat after weevils are smoked out
The Department of Agriculture has not been asked to scrap its rice self-sufficiency targets, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
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
The average price of commercial rice is now at P40 to P43 per kilo, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority
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
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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
'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
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 decision comes after Cabinet members agreed Jason Aquino made a misleading claim that there was a rice shortage, causing prices to increase
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
UPDATED The initial findings however are not conclusive yet to determine if the sample is indeed fake rice
As of February domestic rice and corn inventory levels are both up from last year
The country s per capita income increased by 6 4 in the first half of 2014 over 2013 but this gain was eroded by very high food prices says NEDA
The overall uptrend is attributed to higher domestic production and adequate bulk importation from Vietnam and Thailand says the Philippine Statistics Authority
Most affected by Ruby were cultivation areas in the provinces of Oriental Mindoro Camarines Sur Masbate Sorsogon Aklan Antique Iloilo Negros Occidental Bohol and Cebu
3rd UPDATE Two month old NFA Administrator Arthur Juan offers to resign following a rice trader s extortion allegations against him which he strongly denies
The raid comes just days after a similar search was conducted in a warehouse in Bulacan
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President Benigno Aquino III says the government will import more rice so that hoarders seeking to manipulate prices would lose money
President Benigno Aquino III will meet with concerned officials to determine the cause of higher prices of some basic commodities
The Agriculture department says opportunistic traders are jacking up prices of chicken and pork in Metro Manila
The NFA says it expects prices to normalize by September when the harvest season begins
The Philippines one of the world s biggest importers of rice is wasting rice