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By Ronnel W. Domingo
After the looting of a National Food Authority (NFA) warehouse in storm-ravaged Leyte that resulted in 14 deaths, the rice agency assured the public it had enough supplies and had already released a total of 54,666 sacks of milled rice to various areas affected by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”
By Ronnel W. Domingo
The National Food Authority has beefed up security in its warehouses in the Visayas, particularly in Leyte, following deadly looting in Tacloban City, last Monday.
Thousands of people stormed a rice warehouse on an island devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, authorities said Wednesday, highlighting the urgent need to get water, food and medical supplies into an increasingly desperate region.
By Kristine Angeli Sabillo
As survivors search for food in typhoon-ravaged areas of the country, eight people were crushed to death when a National Food Authority (NFA) warehouse in Alangalang town in Leyte collapsed.
By Delfin T. Mallari Jr.
Consumers in this city are anticipating higher rice prices even during the holidays as the debate over whether or not supply is sufficient took a twist with the justice department ordering an investigation of allegations that a recent importation of rice by the National Food Authority (NFA) is overpriced.
The legal counsel of importers whose rice shipments here have been seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) upon the instructions of the National Food Authority (NFA) has called on the finance and trade departments to intercede and clarify the legality of the cargo being intercepted despite the importation being in accordance with international trade agreements.
A meeting of the highest policy-making body on food supply may yet result in more government-to-government deals to import rice, which would mean more public funds being used for duties instead of projects for the improvement of farm yield, according to a top critic of the government’s food sufficiency program.
By Germelina Lacorte
The lawyer of a rice importing firm whose shipments have been held by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) here chided the National Food Authority (NFA) for the unlawful seizure of their rice imports, and for the government agency’s “ignorance” of international trade laws.
A leader of a militant group on Saturday called for decisive action against graft in the Department of Agriculture (DA) which he said manifested itself in the appointment of an administrator in the National Food Authority (NFA) who enjoys dual citizenship.
An official of the militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) on Wednesday warned the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Food Authority (NFA) against exploiting the tragedy in typhoon-ravaged areas in Central Luzon to hide the true rice situation in the country.
By TJ Burgonio
Bristling at the tag “pork barrel king,” President Aquino on Wednesday accused his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, of accumulating close to P1 trillion in discretionary fund to stay in power.
A local group of irrigators declared support for Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala as a senator raised questions about the continuing increase in rice prices despite assurances from the Department of Agriculture that supply is sufficient.
The provincial head of the National Food Authority (NFA) in North Cotabato blamed the rising costs of rice on unscrupulous traders even as another lawmaker called on the Department of Agriculture (DA) and NFA to stick to a 2011-2016 food sufficiency program to ensure affordable rice prices.