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Danilo Suarez urges Piñol to ‘step up’ amid NFA rice shortage

Apr 14, 2018 @ 20:48

Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez, in his Manila Standard column, called on Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to “step up” amid the shortage of affordable rice in the country.

The Quezon politiko said the National Food Authority (NFA) Council should be under the Department of Agriculture (DA).

“These offices need to work hand in hand in addressing food security concerns. They must be responsible for accurate forecasting of food consumption, research and development for the improvement of agricultural production, and implementation of measures for our country’s food and rice security,” Suarez said.

“Hence, I call on DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to step up and do what has to be done,” he added.

Suarez also implied that President Rodrigo Duterte should consider replacing ineffective Cabinet members.

“The rice shortage issue is another wake-up call for the President to review the fitness of the members of his Executive family in holding their positions. I am looking forward to the President’s urgent action towards his Cabinet members who may be performing less than our expectations,” he said.

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