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Si Pinol ang nagwagi! Evasco out as NFA council

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Malacañang has confirmed Secretary to the Cabinet Leonsio Evasco is no longer the chairman of the National Food Authority Council, after President Duterte presided another meeting with the concerned officials last Monday.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr said the President reorganized the NFA, the council while the functions were reverted to the Department of Agriculture.

“Because the NFA is now under the Department of Agriculture anew… Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco will no longer be part of the NFA Council,” Roque said.

On the other hand, he said an executive order (EO) directing the return of the NFA to the DA would still have to be issued by the President.

Moreover, the Secretary said the importation of the 250,000 metric tons of rice, which was authorized by the Council through a government-to-government transaction, would take about a month to be delivered.

The President had also given a go signal that the smuggled rice apprehended in Zamboanga Sibugay would be donated to the NFA and would be sold as part of its inventory for subsidized rice.