Lawmakers call for accountability in rice crisis
As nobody wants to be held accountable for the on-going rice crisis in the country, Senators Francis Pangilinan and Paolo Benigno Aquino have both called for an inquiry in aid of legislation on the rice crisis in Zamboanga City as well as the eight-month hike in rice prices in the country.
In Proposed Senate Resolution 868 filed by the two senators, they noted that the National Food Authority (NFA) “must be held accountable and must see to it that cheap and quality rice is available in the market”.
They said the NFA “must explain the said shortage, the alleged hoarding, and how the situation in Zamboanga City reached calamity level.”
Pangilinan and Aquino said the public must be informed of how NFA is trying to solve the crisis situation so that “unscrupulous traders and other influential forces in and out of government are not able to manipulate the procurement process and the availability of rice stocks.”
Aside from Zamboanga City, Isabela City in Basilan was also placed under a state of calamity for 60 days also due to rice scarcity.
However, the rice crisis is not only limited to these places as the Philippine Statistics Authority reported “an upward streak” for rice prices “for eight months now.”