Malacañang to gather NFA, stakeholders to discuss rice situation anew
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet today the state-run grains agency National Food Authority (NFA) and rice stakeholders to discuss the country’s rice situation.
The meeting, which will be led by the Office of the President, will be attended by NFA, the NFA Council, Department of Agriculture, rice traders and farmers.
The meeting is set to happen today at 4pm in Malacañang.
The gathering followed the April 5 meeting in Malacañang where Duterte announced his plan to abolish the NFA Council.
This, as NFA Council decided to delay its approval of the Terms of Reference (TOR) that would allow NFA to formally push through with the importation of 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice.
“The TOR is not yet finalized and approved due to some legal issues being cleared with the OP to ensure all actions are legally tenable due to the announced reconstitution of the NFA Council,” an NFA official said in a report in Philippine Star.