This Pangasinan town can’t buy rice from NFA
Alcala, Pangasinan mayor Ryan Paolo Mencias suspects politics as the root cause of the municipal council’s refusal to procure rice from the National Food Authority (NFA).
Mencias said he is worried the town will have a shortage of rice during emergencies such as natural calamities as the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) disapproved a resolution seeking to buy rice from the NFA.
The SB, presided over by Vice Mayor Jojo Callejo, rejected Resolution 2015-35 seeking to give Mencias authority to enter into a deal with the NFA.
“Many residents of Alcala feared that no rice subsidy would come to the town during calamities,” Mencias posted on his social media account, as reported by Philippine Star.
Mencias and Callejo ran together in the 2013 elections under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).
But Callejo announced last April that he will run for mayor in 2016 against the re-electionist Mencias.
Mencias’ ally, Councilor Fe Peregrino, claimed the councilors who voted for the disapproval of the resolution are allied with Callejo.
Had the measure been approved, the NFA will reserve a maximum of 1,000 sacks of rice on a credit basis for the town, Peregrino said.
“The SB members who rejected the measure are accountable if no rice subsidy and other relief goods are delivered to the people when the need arises,” the councilor warned.
With the disapproval of the measure, the municipal government would be compelled to buy from private rice retailers, which Mencias said is more expensive.
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