PRRD signs rice tariffication bill into law

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday signed the rice tariffication bill into law, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed in a text message to reporters. The signing will result…

Senate transmits rice tariffication bill to Duterte

MANILA — A measure that will allow unimpeded importation of rice, amending the Agricultural Tariffication Act of 1996 and replacing the quantitative restriction on rice imports, is now a President’s signature…

DA says Ilocos Region 189% rice sufficient

DAGUPAN CITY — The Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Office in Region 1 (Ilocos Region) has assured that there will be no shortage of rice supply since the region is 189…

NFA Ilocos Norte steps up monitoring of rice prices

LAOAG CITY — The National Food Authority (NFA) intensified its efforts to monitor rice prices in various parts of the province following a general meeting last Friday among retailers, wholesalers, millers,…

PH to hold another bidding for rice imports

MANILA — The government will conduct another bidding for the procurement of the 500,000 metric tons (MT) of rice on Nov. 20, to augment the country’s buffer stock and bring prices…

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Rice price ceiling violators may face sanctions: DA

MANILA — The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday warned rice retailers and vendors in Metro Manila and nearby areas that they will face fines and other penalties if caught selling…

China donates 10 tons of rice, canned goods to Ilocos Norte

LAOAG CITY—The Chinese government has donated 10 tons of premium rice and two truckloads of canned goods to the typhoon victims in the province. “I hope the people of Ilocos…

NFA welcomes return to DA

MANILA — The National Food Authority (NFA) has welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s issuance of Executive Order (EO) No. 62 returning the agency to the Department of Agriculture (DA) from the…

Preemptive evacuation begins in areas along ‘Ompong’s’ path

MANILA — Preemptive evacuation in regions that will be heavily affected by Typhoon “Ompong” has begun, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson Edgar Posadas said Thursday. These are…

‘Harvest early,’ farmers told as super typhoon nears

LAOAG CITY—While expecting for a super typhoon, Lyndon Madrid woke up early on Wednesday and harvested green papayas and squash flowers from his farm in the farming village of Bungcag,…

‘Mangkhut’ could damage P11-B worth of crops in N. Luzon: DA

MANILA — Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Tuesday warned that Typhoon Mangkhut may damage more than PHP11 billion worth of rice and corn crops if it hits northern Luzon. During the…

NFA assures continuous sale of low-priced rice

MANILA — The National Food Authority (NFA) assures the public that the agency will continue to distribute its PHP27 and PHP32 per kilogram rice in the markets to ensure that consumers…

Ilocos Norte mulls buyback scheme for rice

LAOAG CITY — To ensure food security in the province, the provincial government of Ilocos Norte plans to implement a buyback scheme for rice, which is almost similar to a scheme…

Makabayan bloc wants rice crisis probed

MANILA — Lawmakers belonging to the Makabayan bloc at the House of Representatives sought a congressional inquiry into the country’s rice crisis. The seven-member bloc filed on Thursday House Resolution No.…

No diversion of NFA funds, finance managers assert

MANILA — Finance managers of the National Food Authority (NFA) clarified on Thursday there was no diversion of the agency’s funds. Media reports have quoted the Commission on Audit (COA) calling…

NFA taps NBI vs. illegal rice trade, rebagging, hoarding

MANILA — With more government rice now in the market, National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Jason Aquino warned traders against engaging in illegal rice trade and manipulating the market price of…

Solon urges BOC to donate seized smuggled rice to DSWD

MANILA — The chairman of the House of Representatives ways and means committee on Friday called on the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to donate the 50,000 bags of smuggled rice from…

NFA to supply rice in flooded areas

MANILA — The National Food Authority is ready to supply rice needed by local government units (LGUs) and relief agencies in various flooded areas in Luzon, including Metro Manila, heavily affected…

NFA intensifies monitoring of rice prices, supply

MANILA — The National Food Authority is stepping up its rice monitoring activities to protect the consumers especially in areas affected by the recent flooding caused by monsoon rains and Typhoon…