Jason Aquino remains as NFA chief
Despite the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte about the resignation of National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Jason Aquino, the latter would have to keep his position until a newly appointed person takes his place.
“Aquino, who is currently on leave, shall remain head of the food agency until a suitable replacement is appointed by the President,” NFA said in a statement.
The NFA also assured that there will be no disruption in its intensified rice distribution and other services, even if the administrator is on leave, as the agency’s systems and operational procedures are in place and management follows a hierarchy of leadership.
Before going on leave, Aquino had instructed the agency’s field officials to further intensify rice distribution activities, to reach 15 to 20 percent market participation, so that more consumers, especially those living in remote barangays, island provinces, the poor and marginalized in highly populated urban areas, are able to benefit from the government’s low-priced good quality rice at P27 and P32 per kilogram.
Aside from heightened rice distribution, Aquino has instructed NFA officials in regions that may be affected by the forecasted super typhoon Mangkhut to get ready, safeguard NFA stocks, and activate their respective Operations Centers to monitor the situation and provide quick response to any rice needs for relief operations of concerned agencies and local government units.