Author: Catherine S. Valente
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CABINET Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. on Tuesday announced a shift in government policy on rice importation after the National Food Authority (NFA) Council allowed private traders to import rice through foreign governments to increase buffer stocks ahead of the lean months.
In a news conference, Evasco said the NFA will push through with rice importation through the government-to-private sector or G2P scheme as it is “more competitive, least corrupt, and more transparent” than the government-to-government or G2G scheme earlier pushed by NFA chief Jason Aquino.
Evasco and Aquino had clashed over conflicting policies on rice importation. Aquino bats for G2G importation while Evasco wants it done through private rice traders.
Evasco said Aquino, during Monday’s NFA Council meeting, expressed support for the council’s decision.
“They’re not supposed to contradict the position of the NFA Council and I’m happy to let you know the administrator of the NFA was present during the NFA Council meeting yesterday…He (Aquino) was supportive,” Evasco said.