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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.
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.
Farmers’ groups in Mindanao are now starting to question the capability of the National Food Authority (NFA) in achieving its targets in the government’s rice production program following reports that the agency’s head is not a natural-born Filipino.
Amid the ongoing debate over whether or not the government can meet its rice-sufficiency targets despite continuing reports of shortage and price increases, the agency that is at the center of the rice situation is now under scrutiny over an issue that critics said could be key to why the country’s rice-production programs seem to falter—the citizenship of the agency’s highest official.
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.
By Kristine Angeli Sabillo
Commercial rice prices have started to go down after last week’s price increases, according to the National Food Authority (NFA).
By Nathaniel R. Melican
With the barangay elections fast approaching, the Caloocan City government is investigating reports of poll aspirants devising a scheme wherein residents are given cash and then told to use some of it to buy National Food Authority (NFA) rice in stores outside the city.
By the end of September, we expect a much lower price of rice. Supplies are coming in and there is no reason to panic. Definitely, the news about rice hoarding is not true. –Rex Estoperez, public affairs director of the National Food Authority
About 600,000 people remained at temporary shelters or with relatives on Friday after days of heavy rain that killed 20, officials said.
Starting today, commercial-grade NFA rice will be available in most public markets in Metro Manila at P32 per kilo. We are also assuring the public that well-milled and iron-fortified NFA rice will remain at the current price of P27 per kilo.
By Ramon Tulfo
THIS columnist was not surprised when the Senate recommended to the Ombudsman the investigation of former National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Lito Banayo for alleged graft while in office.
Customs authorities, led by Deputy Commissioner Danilo Lim, yesterday seized 5,000 bags of rice worth P9 million at the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, that Lim said were smuggled in from Vietnam.
By Marlon Ramos
, Niña P. Calleja
, TJ Burgonio
President Aquino will preside over the turnover of command in the Army’s top post Tuesday afternoon at the Army headquarters, a day after appointing the new Army chief, who led a Scout Rangers unit in several military operations against the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Mindanao.