NFA apprehends 614 rice traders for various offenses
The National Food Authority (NFA) apprehended a total of 614 violators during the first three months of the year for various offenses as part of its intensified rice market monitoring.
Based on the report of NFA’s Security Services & Investigation Department (SSID), NFA Enforcement Officers inspected 6,986 establishments nationwide during the first quarter. Of these, 614 were found to have violated various trading laws under P.D. No. 4, and other pertinent laws enforced by the agency as the regulating body in the grains industry.
Most notable among the violations were non-renewal of NFA license, operating without license, non-compliance to the prescribed rice box, and display of price tags and signboards.
There were also few NFA rice retailers who were apprehended for re-bagging of NFA rice, over-pricing of NFA rice, and diversion of NFA rice.
As of now, the NFA implements “one-strike” policy, which strips accredited NFA retailers of their accreditation if found violating any of these serious offenses.
In this effort, NFA also collected a total of P 7.9 million in penalties and enforcement fees from the erring businessmen.
By law, it is part of the function of NFA to ensure industry regulation and development by conducting monitoring of the grains market and businessmen; enforcement of rules and regulations governing grains business. It also covers licensing and registration of all rice and corn business; and promotion of harmonious and productive relationship among rice and corn industry stakeholders to achieve sectoral efficiency, discipline and growth.
Last year, the NFA enforcement officers recorded 2,156 violations by grains businessmen and collected a total of P12.2 millions from fines and enforcement fees.