NFA-NE­GOCC em­ploy­ees urged to main­tain at­ti­tude to­wards work

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business -

EM­PLOY­EES of the Na­tional Food Au­thor­ity (NFA) in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal are urged to main­tain right at­ti­tude to­wards work amid the im­pend­ing rice tar­ri­fi­ca­tion law.

Se­nate Bill 1998 seeks to lift quan­ti­ta­tive re­stric­tions on rice and al­low pri­vate traders to im­port rice from coun­tries of their choice.

Spon­sored by Se­nate com­mit­tee on agri­cul­ture and food chair­man Sen­a­tor Cyn­thia Vil­lar, it is also seen to lib­er­al­ize ex­por­ta­tion of the sta­ple com­mod­ity.

The bill is now with the Mala­cañang and up for the sig­na­ture of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte for it to be­come a law.

Amid this de­vel­op­ment, Nfa-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Provin­cial Man­ager Frisco Canoy said he con­tin­ues to en­cour­age em­ploy­ees to work for the re­al­iza­tion of the agency’s man­date.

Canoy said em­ploy­ees, es­pe­cially younger ones, are ap­pre­hen­sive on pos­si­ble re­duc­tion of per­son­nel as the NFA might be put un­der a dif­fer­ent agency.

“We keep on in­still­ing to them not to have a low morale in­stead con­tinue to per­form their func­tion,” he said, adding that Nfane­gros Oc­ci­den­tal con­stantly per­forms 100 per­cent of its man­date to sta­bi­lize prices and sup­port farm­ers.

Like other prov­inces, protests were also con­ducted by em­ploy­ees of Nfa-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal to ban­ner their strong op­po­si­tion against the pro­posed rice tar­if­fi­ca­tion law.

For them, the tar­if­fi­ca­tion will abol­ish the reg­u­la­tory func­tion of the NFA as well as its so­cial man­date to pro­vide qual­ity yet cheaper rice in the mar­ket.

De­spite the gov­ern­ment’s in­ten­tion to ad­dress ris­ing in­fla­tion through the rice tar­ri­fi­ca­tion, em­ploy­ees claimed that free en­try of cheaper rice from other coun­tries will neg­a­tively im­pact Filipino farm­ers as they can­not com­pete be­cause of their higher pro­duc­tion cost.

Canoy said there have been sev­eral at­tempts in the past to abol­ish the NFA.

Know­ing the im­por­tant role of the agency in the food sec­tor, Canoy said they are not “shocked” of the new mea­sure.

“The NFA is there not to com­pete with traders but to sta­bi­lize rice prices in the mar­ket for con­sumers and sup­port the farm­ers by buy­ing their palay in higher cost,” he said, adding that they are still on “wait and see” stage as to the out­come of rice tar­ri­fi­ca­tion push./epn

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