Bulk of rice rotting in NFA was donated by UN, says GMA spokesperson Elena Bautista-Horn
Most of the rice now rotting in the warehouses of the National Food Authority (NFA) was donated by the United Nations World Food Program, Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo’s spokesperson Elena Bautista-Horn said on July 29, reports Manila Times.
Horn said the rice donation was for the Arroyo administration’s food-for-work and food-for-school programs that President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III dumped, reports Manila Standard Today. She said the UN sent the donation after typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng caused a shortage of one million tons of rice harvest last year, and during the world food crisis in 2007 and 2008.
The former Presidential Management Staff chief said, "In other countries, people were hurting one another, but we did not reach this stage because it was a policy decision of the inter-agency council to import X number of rice."