Binay, Marcos blast DSWD’s Soliman over spoiled, dumped rice

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar Binay has expressed outrage over the admission of Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman that hundreds of food packs and sacks of rice were spoiled and dumped in Dagami, Leyte. “Such act borders on criminal neglect. Thousands of...

PHL still a rice importer, needs enough supply and buffer stock

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The government has no choice but to continue importing rice until the Philippines achieves complete sufficiency in the commodity and has assured that there is enough buffer stock for the lean months. The country has an estimated 4- to 5-percent shortage in rice...

NFA, Customs seize smuggled Chinese rice

MANILA (Mabuhay) -– The National Food Authority (NFA) and Bureau of Customs (BoC) seized smuggled Chinese rice from several stores in Binondo, Manila. NFA administrator Renan Dalisay said the rice from China are clearly smuggled because the Philippines does not issue import...

Inflation slows down to 2.2% in April as food, fuel, electricity prices slip – NEDA

MANILA, May 5 (Mabuhay) — Lower prices of food, fuel and electricity brought the headline inflation down to 2.2 percent in April from 2.4 percent in March and from 4.1 percent in April 2014, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) reported on Tuesday. The...

4th rice importer linked to ‘David Tan’ charged with smuggling

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Another rice importing firm linked to alleged big-time rice smuggler Davidson Bangayan aka “David Tan” was charged before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for allegedly smuggling in over P626 million worth of rice from Singapore and Thailand. Charged by the...

DA says food self-sufficiency could be Aquino administration’s legacy

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Food self-sufficiency could be the lasting legacy of the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III, the Department of Agriculture said Wednesday. In a statement, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, who is with the President on a week-long official...

PHL says Thailand submits best bid for rice supply deal

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The National Food Authority (NFA) said on Monday Thailand offered the lowest price to supply 300,000 tons rice under a government-to-government deal. Thailand offered to supply the volume for $475 per ton, lower than Vietnam’s offer of $479 per ton. The NFA...

DA assures steady food supply, price despite damages from ‘Glenda’

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Department of Agriculture(DA) on Thursday assured that there is enough food supply despite the damages wrought by Typhoon Glenda on the agri sector. At the same time, the DA assured that there will be no price hikes on basic food commodities,...

Customs to probe own staff within over illegal rice imports

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is on a nationwide probe to determine how some 200,000 metric tons of rice entered various ports in the country in 2013 without the required import permit from the National Food Authority (NFA). During a press conference at...

Amending NIA charter can increase agricultural productivity: Party List solon

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The goal of the Aquino administration for the country to be rice sufficient can be achieved faster by amending the aged charter of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) specifically the provision on Irrigation Service Fees (ISFs). COOP-NATCCO party list...
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