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NFA’s P1-B deal probed

NFA workers unload tons of rice  imported from Vietnam. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: August 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

2 heads not good for agri sector–Drilon

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Two heads are not always better than one. Senate President Franklin Drilon on Tuesday questioned the wisdom of having two men on top of agriculture in the government in the persons of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Presidential Food Security Adviser Francis Pangilinan.

Posted: August 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Heard on Inquirer Radio 990AM: Food security secretary on rice supply

Depending on available varieties, the market has a sufficient supply of commercial rice. Though prices may vary, we expect that the supply will double at the start of the harvest season in the coming weeks.—Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Sec. Francis Pangilinan

Posted: August 19th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Pangilinan stops NFA chief’s resignation

Presidential Adviser on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Presidential food security adviser Francis Pangilinan said Friday National Food Authority Administrator Arthur Juan had offered to resign over charges he extorted millions of pesos from a rice trader but Pangilinan persuaded him not to.

Posted: August 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Agriculture agency head denies rift with food czar

DA Secretary Proceso Alcala. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: August 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »