BBM eyes sufficient rice buffer stock

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday convened his economic team and key officials of the National Food Authority to discuss ways to maintain the country’s rice inventory’s upward momentum.

According to the Office of the President, Marcos met with his Cabinet members to tackle “the administration’s steps on maintaining sufficient rice buffer stock in the country.”

The OP did not explain in detail how the Marcos administration plans to ensure that the country has enough supply of rice amid severe tropical storm “Florita,” which made landfall in Maconacon, Isabela province at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, heavy to intense torrential rains were expected to sweep through northern Luzon provinces.

The weather agency also warned of widespread flooding and landslides, which could damage rice fields and ultimately affect rice production.

NFA is mandated to buy palay from farmers to ensure and establish manageable buffer stock, which will be used for emergencies and to sustain the disaster-relief programs of the government during natural or man-made calamities.

The Cabinet also talked about generating more job opportunities in the country.

The Chief Executive met key officials of the Department of Labor and Employment and Department of Migrant Workers on Tuesday morning.

DoLE Secretary BienvenidoLaguesma told the President that increasing employment opportunities remains his agency’s core priority with the aim that Filipinos would no longer need to leave their families in the Philippines to seek better opportunities abroad.

The DoLE also aims to ensure “just and humane working conditions” for Filipino workers as well as to deliver “accessible, prompt, and continuous services to the people.”

At a Palace briefing, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz Angeles disclosed that DoLE presented its “context, mandates, structure and role in the socioeconomic agenda, program, priorities and strategic linkages and ways forward.”

During the meeting, DMW laid out its priority projects such as the creation of the One Repatriation Command Center, OFW Mobile Application and the National Reintegration Program.

The One Repatriation Command Center is a command center that would assist distressed and at-risk overseas Filipino workers who need to be repatriated back to the country.

In his maiden state of the nation address, Marcos said he aims to launch a social media platform and a 24/7 hotline to allow the government to assist OFWs immediately, saying that he wants the DMW to become the refuge of the Filipino migrant workers.

The OFW Mobile Application is intended to become a platform for OFWs to connect with the government and relay their concerns and complaints while the National Reintegration Program Center serves as a recruitment office for local jobs and taps their abilities and potential for national development.

Also in his SoNA, Marcos instructed the DMW to coordinate with the Department of Information and Communications Technology for the digital processing of OFWs’ documents.

He also wants the deployment processes for OFWs to be shortened to three weeks instead of three months.

Angeles added that the DMW presented its plans for repatriation, digitalization, and bilateral labor agreements.

They also talked about their scholarship programs for the children of OFWs as well as protecting their health.

Angeles said Malacañang will discuss the specifics of the plans and programs of the said agencies next week.

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