Duterte orders NFA transfer to Department of Agriculture

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 17 2018 12:51 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has transferred the National Food Authority (NFA) under the Department of Agriculture, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the decision was made during Monday's NFA Council Meeting.

The Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority and the Philippine Coconut Authority were also made attached agencies of the Department of Agriculture, he said.

Roque said the Development Bank of the Philippines has requested to be relieved from the council. The Department of Social Welfare and Development will take its place.

"The NFA Council will not be abolished," Roque said, contradicting an earlier statement by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol that Duterte wants the 18-member council abolished.

Roque also said the importation of 250,000 metric tons of rice through government-to-government mode to boost rice stocks has been approved.

"Subsequent importation is to be done by G2P or auction and importation will be implemented / supervised by the Executive Council Committee headed by the Office of the President," he added.

These movements came amid a disagreement over the importation of rice amid reports of dwindling supply of government-subsidized grain.

The NFA council, which decides on rice importation, is different from the NFA, the state grains agency.