NFA: Vietnam rice arrives in Oro

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Gaabucayan said the region expects to receive 340,000 bags of rice this year.

“12,550 is equivalent to around 250,000 bags of rice, so this year we will be expecting around 90,000 bags,” said Gaabucayan.

In an article published in a national daily Monday, the 705,700 MT of rice from Vietnam was allegedly overpriced by “as much as $18.8 million” or around P825.4-million.

“Some 205,700 MT of rice imports in April 2013 were overpriced by $34 per MT, while 500,000 MT imported in November were overpriced by $23.69,” the article stated.

Camilo Magtrayo, assistant regional director of NFA-10, said the NFA rice that arrived last Friday and was unloaded last Saturday came from Vietnam.

Gaabucayan also said the imported rice will be allocated to the provinces of Northern Mindanao including Lanao del Sur.

Magtrayo said the imported rice that reached the region were part of the deal on the later part of last year.

“This is part of the latest volume that was imported,” Martrayo furthered.

The article said the government entered into a contract with Vietnam Southern Food Corp. (Vinafoods II) sometime in April and November in 2013.

When asked if the NFA rice that reached the region last week were part of the alleged overpriced deal, Gaabucayan said: “I cannot comment on that.”

Magtrayo furthered that the importation of rice went through a bidding process, and the procedures of the bidding were transparent.

“The bidding process was transparent. It was covered by the media focusing on the documents,” said Magtrayo.

Gaabucayan said the transactions were done by the governments of Vietnam and the Philippines.

He furthered that the government of the Philippines through the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (Ledac) had called for the bidding.

Rice sufficiency

Gaabucayan said there is sufficient rice for the entire region.

With regard to the trend of the demand of NFA rice, she said there were no changes in the pattern.

She added though that some rice retailers have been requesting for some increase on their allocation of NFA rice to sell in the market.

Magtrayo added that the summer crops (March and April) would also add to the supply of rice in the region.

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro tried to get comments from the Bureau of Customs around 11 in the morning on January 27, but the guard denied entry to the reporter since the paper doesn't have an accreditation.

District collector Ruby Claudia Alameda or any of her office's representative has not sent any information that the media should have an accreditation to gain entrance or get comments from BOC.

On January 24, Alameda was seen interviewed in a local TV report on rice smuggling issue.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 28, 2014.

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