'[The grant of incentives] was done during the crisis in 2018, so I think we will have to revisit that formally in the NFA
Council,' Dar told reporters on the sidelines of a Senate hearing on Wednesday.
currently buys palay at PHP17 per kilogram (kg), with additional buffer stock incentive of P3.00/kg, trucking incentive of P0.20/kg, drying incentive of P0.20/kg and cooperative incentive fee of P0.30/kg.
The COA said the NFA
diverted the amount even if Republic Act 10964 or the General Appropriations Act of 2018 specifically stated that the P7-billion subsidy must be exclusively used for rice buffer stocking through buying directly from farmers "except in case of calamities or shortfall in production where the NFA
is authorized to import rice and corn upon the recommendation of the NFA
Council and approval of the President." State auditors said the NFA
procured only 61,784 metric tons of palay from individual farmers and organizations, an accomplishment of only 15.89 percent from its target of 388,889 MT for 2018.
8), said the low buffer stock of NFA
rice was caused by either low allocation or arrival of imported rice.
The simple oath-taking ceremony was administered by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol, also the chairman of the NFA
With the removal of exclusivity, even rice mill owners may also procure NFA
rice, she added.
Dar issued the order even if the NFA
has been reduced to a buffer-stocking agency following the effectivity of Republic Act (RA) 11203, or the rice trade liberalization law.
Latest report from the NFA
grains marketing and operations department showed that the agency already procured a total of 5.68 million bags in the first seven months.
Duterte has appointed NFA
Deputy Administrator for Marketing Operations Judy Carol Dansal as NFA
officer-in-charge Tomas Escarez said in a phone interview.
DTI Baguio-Benguet provincial officer Freda Gawisan said that there is no NFArice shortage in Baguio and Benguet, based in the latest monitoring of the local rice task force (TF) composed of their department, NFA
, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Philippine National Police - Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).