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about 1 month ago

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said the government is looking to Papua New Guinea for food security, saying Filipinos can grow rice there, then ship the grains back to the country through the private sector.

about 2 months ago

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol believes his sector has more to lose if the National Food Authority is abolished instead of reformed.

about 3 months ago

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will appoint a long-time Chinese rice trader as the new head the National Food Authority (NFA).

about 4 months ago

The President also says he would recommend to lawmakers the abolition of the National Food Authority Council.

about 4 months ago

Consumers are now suffering from rising prices of basic commodities — especially rice. This morning, government officials visited a public market in Manila to monitor the situation.

about 4 months ago

It doesn't help that the agricultural labor force has been on a drastic decline, losing over 1.5 million workers in the past five years alone. This means lower production as more farmers, fishermen, and workers look for other jobs.

about 4 months ago

Economic managers pin down the National Food Authority for the lack of cheap rice that pushed rice prices up. They add the grains importer may be liable for diverting funds.

about 4 months ago

Lawmakers at the House of Representatives grilled National Food Authority officials on the country's rice supply. During a budget hearing, the agency admits it hardly bought rice from local farmers and that it spent most of its funds to pay off loans.

about 4 months ago

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol would not comment on calls to abolish the National Food Authority — but he has other qualms about the agency.

about 4 months ago

The President attributes higher rice prices to 'politics,' while Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol traces it to 'speculation.'