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Dapat bumawi! Bam tells NFA to ensure rice enough in areas to be hit by ‘Ompong’


The National Food Authority (NFA) will have a chance to “redeem” itself by ensuring enough supply of rice in areas to be hit by typhoon “Ompong.”

Senator Bam Aquino made the remark as concerned government agencies and local government units (LGUs) laid out plans to mitigate the effect of typhoon Ompong.

Super typhoon Mangkhut, which will be known as Ompong when it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), is expected to pack 200 to 220 kilometers per hour of wind.

It is expected to pass through Cagayan province, Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands before heading to Taiwan.

“Tiyakin ang kaligtasan ng ating mga kababayan at siguruhing hindi magugutom ang mga nasalanta,” Aquino.

“This is an opportunity for NFA to step up in serving our countrymen,” he added, referring to the blunders of NFA administrator Jason Aquino that affected the supply of affordable rice in the market.

The senator added, “Dapat nang bumawi ng NFA sa kapalpakan ng kanilang administrador.”

President Rodrigo Duterte is looking for Jason’s replacement after he asked to be relieved from his post.

The senator said the NFA must ensure that there is enough stock of rice in warehouses located in areas that will be affected by the typhoon.

“Gamitin ang teknolohiya at mga harvester para tulungan ang mga magsasaka,” he said.

“Buksan ang mga warehouse sa mga magsasakang kailangang protektahan ang kanilang ani,” he said.

Aquino on Monday delivered a sponsorship speech for Senate Bill No. 1211 or the Philippine Space Act as chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology.

If enacted into law, the measure can strengthen the country’s mitigation and response to natural calamities and disasters.

It is aimed at beefing up existing government programs on disaster prevention, including the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s disaster risk management, PAGASA’s astronomical science programs and National Mapping and Resource Information Agency’s satellite information gathering.