Poe calls for resignation of NFA chief: Kung wala nang buffer stock palpak!
Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday added voice to mounting calls for the resignation of National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Jason Aquino amid his apparent failure to perform his job.
The NFA is mandated to buy rice from farmers so that poor families have the chance to buy government-subsidized rice.
However, the NFA reportedly failed to do amid reports that there are “no more” NFA rice that can be bought in Metro Manila.
“I call for the resignation of NFA Administrator Jason Aquino. If there is indeed a zero percent buffer of rice, this is an indication of the inefficiency of his leadership,” Poe said.
The NFA’s buffer stock is “a lifeline for the thousands of Filipinos who subsist on rice and little else,” she stressed.
Rice is the most important staple food for at least 10 million poor Filipinos, she said.
“At a time when the country’s rice production hit a record high, it is unbelievable that the supply of NFA rice has already been wiped out,” Poe said.
She said that this situation is directly attributed to the “inefficient” management at the NFA, which is mandated to ensure the availability of affordable rice.
The current NFA officials have been remiss in their duties and responsibilities, the senator said.
“Sa panahong sa Hunyo pa darating ang inangkat na bigas para mapunuan ang kakulangan, saan na hahagilap ng murang bigas ang ating mga kababayan?” Poe said.
She said that Aquino should be replaced by somebody who has the capability and track record to efficiently run the agency.
“This is the first time that we experienced this and we cannot afford to repeat this scenario,” Poe said.