Fabian’s House body tackles fate of NFA PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 February 2012 13:57

District 2 Congressman Erbie A. Fabian will lead a three-committee congressional  public hearing in Iloilo next month on the fate of the National Food Authority, considered crucial in determining the fate of the national food body in the years to come.

Fabian’s Committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization will hold the public consultations along with the congressional committee on Agriculture and Food and the Special committee on Food Security chaired by Reps. Mark Llandro Mendoza and Agapito Guanlao respectively.

The two-day public hearings is set for March 1 and 2, 2012 at the NFA Regional Office Complex in Iloilo.

Rep. Fabian disclosed the public hearings will focus on house bills proposing the amendments to the charter of the NFA.

Among these, the Zamboanga City solon said are house bills nos. 160, 1159,1528, 1772, 2544, 3279, 261, 4284, 4603 and 4626.

Also House bill no 1472, which proposes for the decoupling of the National Food Authority , seeking the creation of the National Food Corporation and the Food Development and Regulatory Administration as two separate bodies borne out of the existing NFA.

All the other bills filed before and referred to the Fabian committee in congress are proposing for the strengthening of the National Food Authority but without changing the existing structure of the body.

In earlier sessions, the Committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization summoned the top officials of the NFA headed by its Administrator Angelito Banayo to a series of consultative hearings after the food super body hit the limelight at the height of the grains importation controversies.

The NFA is a government is a government owned and controlled corporation which puts it in the ambit of control of the Fabian house committee.

Among other suggestions is to have the NFA privatized or to have the office abolished and its functions returned to the Department of Agriculture.

Among other things prompting the review of the NFA is its massive loss of income incurred in the frequent importation of rice for Philippine consumption.

Top officials from the region, NFA Regional officials, Farmers groups, consumer groups, rice traders, importers as well as representatives from the Department of Agriculture are expected to attend the two-day public consultations.

The Fabian committee will then evaluate output from the series of consultations on the NFA and report its findings to the house plenary later this year.