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 Leila B. Salaverria
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.
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
By Nancy Carvajal
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.
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.