NFA chief to step down, leaves rice crisis behind
President Rodrigo Duterte said National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Jason Aquino asked to be relieve from his position, leaving behind a crisis that stemmed from the shortfall of cheap and subsidized rice in the local market.
Duterte said this during his tete-a-tete with Chief Presidential Leafal Counsel Sal Panelo yesterday.
Aquino’s resignation came two years after being appointed and amid calls for him to step down for his “gross mismanagement” at the NFA.
NFA is currently being blamed for the rising price of rice in the country, weevil infestation of 330,000 bags of imported rice, and the rice crisis in Zamboanga.
Graft charges were also recently filed against Aquino and NFA’s accounting manager Gerry Ambrosio for allegedly diverting P5.1-billion worth of subsidies to pay the agency’s debt.
Duterte also called for the abolition of NFA Council — the highest policy making body of NFA — saying this “has not done any purpose”.
But, he also said that he wants the Council to instead be headed by one man, preferably a businessman.
“Gusto ko negosyante kahit Chinese,” Duterte said.