Duterte orders creation of Task Force Bigas
President Duterte approved the creation of Task Force Bigas, which would conduct a rice stock inventory in the country and establish an accurate baseline information on the rice supply.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the body should be led by the Department of Agriculture and supported by agencies like the Bureau of Customs and Philippine Statistics Office.
Piñol said the task force seeks to thwart attempts to hoard rice and create an artificial shortage, eventually protecting Filipino farmers.
Grains warehouses are proposed to be opened and inspected in the process.