City council asks Senate to probe NFA mess

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014


THE Iloilo City Council requested the Senate Committee on Agriculture chaired by Senator Cynthia Villar to conduct an investigation in aid of legislation on the reported bust of a warehouse in Napnud, Leganes caught rebagging more than 1,000 bags of National Food Authority (NFA) rice stock into commercial rice to be injected to the public markets.

The warehouse is owned by businessman Dennis de Vicente and the bust was conducted July 31, 2014 by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in close coordination with NFA.

An existing memorandum of agreement between the two agencies gives authority to the NBI to inspect NFA-accredited warehouses in the entire country.

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City Councilor Joshua Alim said there is an urgent need to stop the nefarious practice and hoarders who took advantage of the poor.

The apprehended rice stocks were reported from the province of Capiz, which were rebagged and set to be delivered to the city market outlets.

Alim said the Senate inquiry will help thresh out the glitches on NFA releasing of rice stocks to its outlets. (Lydia C. Pendon)

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