NFA chief orders G2G importation & ‘housecleaning’ in operations
National Food Authority (NFA) administrator Jason Aquino has instructed the agency’s special bids and awards committee (SBAC) on rice importation to fast track the government-to-government procurement of 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice for the immediate replenishment of government buffer stocks.
To recall, President Rodrigo Duterte earlier directed NFA to immediately import the needed stocks as consumers continued to clamor for the P27 per kilogram (/kg) and P32/kg NFA rice back into the markets.
In addition, Aquino admonished NFA officials to “clean” their respective offices and warehouses.
He stressed that the President strictly warns against any form of corruption in all aspects of government work.
Moving forward, Aquino said the NFA would continue to intensify market monitoring and enforcement by partnering with agencies like the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in this effort.
President Rodrigo Duterte recently ordered NFA to maintain buffer stocks good for 60 days.
As a response, Aquino said that during a meeting with NFA regional directors, he instructed the agency’s Operations Department to study and recommend a marketing plan on a 15-day strategic rice reserve (SRR) and 30-day stock for the lean months, and a 30-day SRR and 60-day stock for lean months.