NFA Council yet to sign TOR for importation
NFA Council is yet to sign the terms of reference (TOR) for the importation of 250,000 metric tons (MT) that the National Food Authority is pushing for.
“We have yet to sign it,” Mercedita Sombilla, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environment Staff, said. “Ang pinagtatalunan pa namin, which I think is in the TOR, are the changes that the NFA made”.
Approving the TOR will signal the start of the bidding process for the rice importation.
“We wanted them [NFA] to follow similar guidelines in the 2017 importation. I think they want to change some things. That’s why we have not cleared anything,” Sombilla said.
To recall, the 2017 importation guidelines ordered the shift from Government-to-Government (G-to-G) importation to Open Tender scheme or Government-to-Private (G2P).
But this isn’t exactly what NFA wants. The state-run grains agency is particularly pushing for a G-to-G importation because the process is faster, and it also enhances our diplomatic relations with the supplier nations.