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NFA Council castrated: Execom formed to handle rice imports


The National Food Authority (NFA) Council has become a weak body with the creation of an Executive Council Committee (Execom) that will be in charge of auctioning permits for rice importation, Politiko has learned.

Politiko’s source said the decision to create an executive committee was reached during President Rodrigo Duterte’s meeting with select Cabinet Secretaries and high ranking government officials Monday night (April 16).

The executive committee will be led by Agriculture Undersecretary Berna Romulo Puyat. Its other members will come from the Office of the President, NFA and Department of Finance.

Politiko’s source said the Execom was created to ensure there will be no corruption in rice importation.

All import permits for rice will be auctioned off so it’s useless for interested parties to approach government officials to bag the contracts.

The bidder which offers the highest service fee wins the import permit.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte has approved the government-to-government importation of 250,000 metric tons of rice but subsequent importation will be done through government to private sector.

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