NFA says services unaffected by administrator's planned exit

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Posted at Sep 12 2018 11:22 AM | Updated as of Sep 12 2018 02:58 PM

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A man watches over NFA rice stocks at a warehouse in Quezon City. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA -- The National Food Authority said Wednesday its services were unhampered by the impending departure of its head, Jason Aquino.

President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday Aquino asked to be relieved as administrator of the state grains agency and that he was looking for a replacement.

Aquino's exit will come as the government moved to ensure the supply of cheap rice in the market as consumer prices rise.

There will be "no disruption" in NFA services, including rice distribution, the agency said in a statement.

The NFA sought as much as 20 percent participation in the market and sell rice at P27 to P32 per kilo. Aquino gave the instructions to field officers during a Sept. 5 meeting, the agency said.

Regional officials were also instructed to safeguard stocks from Typhoon Mangkhut, which is expected to brush the country's northern tip over the weekend.

According to the NFA, Aquino also directed the agency to adopt a "more aggressive and pro-active stance" in buying palay from local farmers.