The National Food Authority (NFA) will have a chance to redeem itself by ensuring the sufficient supply of rice in areas that are expected to be hit by typhoon Ompong, according to Sen. Bam Aquino.
“Tiyakin ang kaligtasan ng ating mga kababayan at siguruhing hindi magugutom ang mga nasalanta,” said Sen. Bam.
“Dapat nang bumawi ng NFA sa kapalpakan ng kanilang administrador. This is an opportunity for NFA to step up in serving our countrymen,” added Sen. Bam, referring to the blunders of NFA administrator Jason Aquino that affected the supply of affordable rice in the market.
President Duterte is looking for Jason Aquino’s replacement after he asked to be relieved from his post.
Sen. Bam said the NFA must ensure that there is enough stock of rice in warehouses located in areas that will be affected by the typhoon.
“Gamitin ang teknolohiya at mga harvester para tulungan ang mga magsasaka. Buksan ang mga warehouse sa mga magsasakang kailangang protektahan ang kanilang ani,” said Sen. Bam.
Super typhoon Mangkhut, which will be known as Ompong when it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility, is expected to pack 200 to 220 kilometers per hour of wind. It is expected to pass through Cagayan province, Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands before heading to Taiwan.
On Monday, Sen. Bam delivered a sponsorship speech for Senate Bill No. 1211 or the Philippine Space Act as chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology.
Sen. Bam said the measure, if enacted into law, can strengthen the country’s mitigation and response to natural calamities and disasters.
The measure is aimed at beefing up existing government programs on disaster prevention, including the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s disaster risk management, PAGASA’s astronomical science programs and National Mapping & Resource Information Agency’s satellite information gathering.