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Duterte orders NFA to buy more rice from local farmers

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

 

Pres. Duterte has ordered the National Food Authority (NFA) to buy more rice locally.

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino rice farmers are now assured of opportunity to market their yield as President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the National Food Authority (NFA) to buy more rice locally.

On his Facebook page, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol confirmed that the President on Monday directed the NFA to buy more rice from local farmers.

He ordered Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez to provide funds for the agency’s rice procurement program to increase its inventory of buffer stock to 60 days from the current 15 days. This is to ensure the country sufficient rice supply.

The Chief Executive also directed the NFA to increase its buying price of local palay from the current P17 per kilogram in order to stock up the agency’s rice inventory. This is to prevent a spike in the prices of commercial rice in markets due to lowering of rice buffer stock in NFA warehouses.

The President gave his directive last night as he presided over the NFA Council meeting for the first time. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte slams ex-COA commissioner Mendoza: ‘She can’t lecture me’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Former COA Commissioner Heidi Mendoza

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte criticized the statements of former Commission on Audit commissioner, Heidi Mendoza, during a speech in Malacañang Wednesday.

The president said he will not allow Mendoza, to lecture him about procurement procedures.

The heated exchange between the two began when the president told local officials not to heed COA regulations after Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos reported that the state auditor denied their request for cash advance for the purchase of construction materials intended for rebuilding houses damaged by the typhoon.

Mendoza posted on her Facebook that the disaster audit guide has been in effect since the time of Typhoon Ondoy wherein the local government is allowed to spend up to P500,000 in aid of calamity victims without having to go through a public bidding.

Duterte said he knows more about the procurement process than Mendoza does.

“Hindi niya ako ma-lecturan niyan (She cannot lecture me) because I was ahead of her by a mile diyan sa (in) understanding the nitty-gritty,” he said. “You convict a person by a circular? Not even by a law. And it’s a violation of circular. A circular, what is its dimension? That it reach the level of both the national and local.”

The chief executive said he is only defending government officials who cannot defend themselves against allegations of procurement irregularities amid the typhoon.

“I was speaking of the people who cannot defend themselves properly. I was not criticizing… so ‘yung doon sa (the case in)Benguet, sabi nitong ano (the official there said)— because they have to comply with certain regulations. Sabi ko (I said to them), ‘To hell with COA. Do not listen to them just do what I’m telling you to do. I will answer them’,” the president said. — Rosalie Coz

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Duterte signs EO putting NFA under DA amid rice woes

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Image courtesy of PCOO/ROBINSON NIÑAL JR.

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte signed on Wednesday, September 19, the executive order (EO) returning the National Food Authority (NFA) under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Aside from the N FA, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and the Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA) were also returned to their mother agency.

Signed by the President on September 17, 2018, and released by Malacañang on Wednesday, September 19, Executive Order No. 62 also reorganizes the NFA Council and assigns the Agriculture Secretary as its chairman while the NFA Administrator is the vice chairman.

The order came amid problems hounding the  NFA,  particularly the non-stop increase in rice prices and budget issues, and shortly after Jason Aquino requested to be relieved from the position of NFA administrator as revealed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

In 2014, former president Benigno Aquino III placed the three agencies under the Office of the President through EO No. 165.

In 2016, they were then placed under the Office of the Cabinet Secretary by President Duterte. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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Duterte: Communist insurgency will end in 2019

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

FILE IMAGE: New People’s Army in formation

CAGAYAN VALLEY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is confident that communist rebellion in the country will soon come to an end.

Duterte said the Filipino people are finally “winning the war” as the communist fronts in Mindanao have already collapsed.

According to him, with the growing number of rebel surrenderees who also turned in their weapons for decommissioning, the decade-long insurgency in the country is likely to end next year.

“I think that kung maawa ang Panginoong Diyos, this will be over by about the second quarter of next year. Ang rami na kasi nagsu-surrender. And ang maganda diyan is ang armas,” Duterte said during a visit at the 5th ID in Gamu, Isabela on Tuesday (September 18).

The government and the communist peace panels have come to the fourth round of peace talks under the Duterte administration.

Duterte ordered the termination of the negotiations pending assessment of the agreements signed between all the past administrations and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and because the President wants to involve the public in future peace negotiations. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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