Malacanang assured the public that the supply for rice remains “under control.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced this in a Palace briefing following news reports that the National Food Authority’s (NFA) supply experienced shortage of supply.
He said that Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco told him the government has a standby order of 250, 000 metric tons of rice.
“He says the situation is really under control. Of course, we will not allow our inventory to be depleted,” Roque added.
Earlier Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte had been moving to address this issue through a “diplomatic initiative.”
However, he refused to disclose the details.
“I was not authorized to reveal what the President has done. But the President has done a diplomatic initiative to address this. But without authority, I cannot yet announce,” he said.
Senator Nancy Binay first raised concerns on the “dwindling supply” of NFA rice.
This alleged shortage was due to increase in NFA prices from P27 to P32 per kilo, reports said.