Author: Lara Tan
Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Philippine Statistics Authority.
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 27) — The National Food Authority (NFA) received a tongue-lashing from a senator on Tuesday for sowing panic and confusion when the agency announced a shortage of affordable rice.
During the first Senate hearing on the country's rice supply, Senator Cynthia Villar, who is also the chair of Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, confronted NFA chief Jason Aquino.
"Nag-press release ang NFA na wala daw silang NFA rice. Iba ang state ng rice supply of the Philippines versus the NFA rice. Sana hindi na lang nag press release ang NFA kasi they created confusion... Parang gusto niyo gumawa ng panic," she said.
[Translation: The NFA told the media there was shortage. The state of rice supply is different from the supply of NFA rice. It would have been best if the NFA did not issue press releases because they created confusion. It's as if you wanted to create panic.]
She went on to scold Aquino for holding media interviews instead of doing his job.