July 30, 2015

Amidst reports of suspected fake rice in Davao City, the National Food Authority (NFA) has directed all NFA inspectors nationwide to conduct daily inspection in rice stores allover the country to ensure that the public is not getting any of these reported fake rice. The special order was signed by Administrator Renan Dalisay yesterday, June 29, 2015.

“We were assured by Administrator Dalisay that the NFA is on top of this issue and that aside from the inspections being conducted, an investigation is on-going and will not stop until we get to the bottom of this,” Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said.

According to a report by the National Food Authority – Davao City, the incident was reported to their office last June 26, 2015 by GMA Davao City after Carmencita Grinio of Matina Aplaya, Davao City complained of their rice having a styro-like appearance. The rice, according to Grinio, was allegedly from Ciudad Esperanza Canteen in Cabantian, Davao City and the rice supplier was a certain Eliza Breta. NFA Davao City Provincial Mananger Virgilio Alerta immediately conducted an investigation and gathered samples from Breta’s rice store. Breta denied supplying rice to Ciudad Esperanza Canteen. NFA is still looking for the canteen where the fake rice allegedly came from as initial reports say that Ciudad Esperanza is a residential subdivision. NFA Davao City is currently verifying the details from the complainant. Samples of the alleged fake rice was already submitted to the Food Development Center for lab tests.

“Pending investigation, we have already coordinated the Bureau of Customs and the Philippines Coast Guard to intensify watch in all our ports and ensure none of these fake rice will get into country. We are also closely working with the Grains Retailers Confederation of the Philippines (GRECON) to intensify monitoring as they are the ones present in all the markets in the country. We can not let fake rice reach the tables of the Filipinos,” Pangilinan ended.