Sec. Manny Piñol Reminds Congressmen Calling for His Resignation that NFA is Not Under DA


Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol reminded all the congressmen who were calling for his immediate resignation as Cabinet member, that the National Food Authority is not under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture (DA). The call for his resignation was due to the controversial nationwide rice shortage.



According to Sec. Manny Piñol, several congressmen called for his resignation due to Rice Supply and Rice Bukbok issues involving the NFA, perhaps they do not realize that the NFA is NOT under the Department of Agriculture.

The main reason why he figured prominently in the raging rice supply and price issue was because he volunteered to help resolve the problem since nobody in government was on top of the situation. Sec. Piñol volunteered to help the NFA when the "rice crisis" in the Zamboanga, Basilan, Zulu and Tawi-Tawi (ZAMBAZULTA) area broked out. He called out Executive Secretary Medialdea and volunteered to fly to Zamboanga to assess the situation.



The Agriculture Secretary clarified that the DA is only involved in the production and records that will show that in 2017, the harvest was a historic 19.28-million metric tons, higher by 1.6-million metric tons than the 2016 production.

On the call for his resignation as DA Secretary, his response would be: "I serve at the pleasure of the President. If the President says he is not happy with my performance, I would gladly pack up my bags ang go home to my farm. My only consolation would be that I am not facing issues of corruption." Manny Piñol stated.

Here's the Complete Report of Sec. Manny Piñol:

MY DEAR CONGRESSMEN:
THE NFA IS NOT UNDER DA

Several Congressmen today called for my resignation because of the Rice Supply and Rice Bukbok issues involving the National Food Authority.

Perhaps, our dear legislators do not realize that the NFA is NOT under the Department of Agriculture.

The reason why I figured prominently in the raging rice supply and price issue was because I volunteered to help resolve the problem since nobody in government was on top of the situation.

When the “rice crisis “ in the ZAMBASULTA Area broke out, I called up Exec. Secretary on a rainy morning of Aug. 13 and volunteered to fly to Zamboanga City to assess the situation.

As of last Friday, the ZAMBASULTA Rice Crisis was resolved.



They will have rice supplies good for six months as the NFA Council approved my recommendations for additional stocks.

Tumutulong lang po ako at pinakialaman ko na maski hindi ko trabaho.

Why blame me for the Rice Bukbok issue?

The DA has nothing to do with rice importation.

The DA is only involved in production and records will show that in 2017, the harvest was a historic high of 19.28-million metric tons, higher by 1.6-million metric tons than the 2016 production.

In spite of the recent storms, rice production this year is still expected to be another historic high at 19.4-million metric tons.

We are now 93% self sufficient and we project to hit 95% self sufficiency by 2019.

On the issue of Galunggong importation, I take full responsibility because BFAR is under the DA.

Given a chance to explain, I believe the legislators will understand the program.

On their call for my resignation because of these issues, my response would be: I serve at the pleasure of the President.

If the President says he is not happy with my performance, I would gladly pack up my bags and go home to my farm.

My only consolation would be that I am not facing issues of corruption.

Source: Manny Piñol FB Page


Sec. Manny Piñol Reminds Congressmen Calling for His Resignation that NFA is Not Under DA Sec. Manny Piñol Reminds Congressmen Calling for His Resignation that NFA is Not Under DA Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 8/30/2018 Rating: 5

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