Senators call for NFA chief Jason Aquino’s resignation

Senators call for NFA chief Jason Aquino’s resignation

FILE PHOTO: National Food Authority Administrator Jason Aquino

MANILA, Philippines — A number of senators still find the National Food Authority’s (NFA) depleting buffer stock of rice questionable.

This is despite the explanation given by NFA administrator Jason Aquino in the Senate.

Senator Grace Poe said that it is high time for the President to appoint a new NFA chief as she called for Aquino’s resignation.

“Ano bang imbentaryo? Bakit ka nagkulang? Hindi mo ginawa noon pa. Meron siguro siyang delicadeza o konsensya. Ito’y malaking kakulangan sa kaniyang trabaho. Siguro pwede naman siyang magbitiw,” said Poe.

(What inventory is he talking about? Why was there a shortage? Why didn’t he prepare for it? This is a huge oversight on his part. If he has some sense of propriety or conscience, maybe he could resign.)

Senate Committee on Agriculture chairperson Cynthia Villar, meanwhile, is proposing to amend several charters of NFA such as provisions pertaining to the tarification system and the process of the importation of rice.

“Lahat pwedeng mag-import ng rice provided they pay the tariff. Yung tariff na yun ang proteksyon ng local farmers,” said the agriculture committee chair.

(Everyone can import rice provided they pay the tariff, and that tariff will serve as protection of our local farmers.)

Should this proposal be passed into law, the NFA will no longer have the power to control the importation of rice. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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