By Nancy C. Carvajal
Former National Food Authority Administrator (NFA) Orlan Calayag and his special assistant, Dennis Guerrero, have been placed under investigation for allegedly granting a P1.08-billion rice cargo-handling contract to a trucking company without a bidding being conducted, a violation of the antigraft law, according to Francis Pangilinan, the presidential adviser on food security.
By Ronnel W. Domingo
The Department of Agriculture is coordinating with local government units to crack down on imported meat that are being sold beyond the recommended date of consumption.
By Marc Jayson Cayabyab
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala on Wednesday denied having any rift with appointed food czar former Senator Francis Pangilinan, who was appointed by the President to clean up the graft-ridden agency.
By DJ Yap
Rice self-sufficiency is projected to reach 98 percent this year, better than last year, but government is poised to import 800,000 more million metric tons of rice than last year, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala told lawmakers on Wednesday.
Officials of Benguet province urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to suspend the awarding of the management of a new vegetable trading area, called Agri-Pinoy Center, to National Agribusiness Corp. (Nabcor) due to the agency’s alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.