NFA celebrates 44th anniversary

The National Food Authority is celebrating its 44th founding anniversary today with the theme "Sa Kahirapan at Hamon ng Panahon, Seguridad sa Pagkain Aming Tugon" with simple activities here at the NFA Central Office grounds in North Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.

Founded on September 26, 1972 by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 4 as the National Grains Authority (NGA), the agency was created to promote the integrated growth and development of the grains industry (rice, corn, wheat, and other grains and their substitutes such as but not limited to mongo, soybeans and cassava). It was transformed into the NFA in 1981 with a wider scope of coverage including non-food commodities.

Recently the NFA and 11 other agencies were moved to the Office of the President under Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. via Executive Order No. 1. This Cabinet Cluster is tasked to evaluate existing poverty reduction programs and formulate more responsive set of programs complementing existing ones, channeling resources as necessary to reduce both the incidence and magnitude of poverty. Previously, the NFA was under the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (OPAFSAM) after it was transferred with three other agencies from the Department of Agriculture (DA).

NFA Officer in Charge Tomas R. Escarez said a thanksgiving mass will officially commence the program at 8:00 am to be officiated by Fr. Larry Faraon. An austere program will follow immediately afterwards.

Undersecretary Maia Chiara Halmen Reina A. Valdez will be the keynote speaker on behalf of Secretary Evasco.

During the program, the NFA will honor outstanding stakeholders who continuously supported the food agency's programs and advocacies for the past 44 years. The NFA anniversary celebration coincides with the culmination of the National Grains Industry Week under Proclamation No. 1058 being observed annually from September 20-26.

Outstanding NFA employees and offices will also be awarded during the program.

A mini food fair (tiangge) is another highlight of the celebration. Rice-based products such as puto, suman, bibingka, puto bumbong, kutsinta, among others, will be on sale at designated booths inside the compound.

Source: Philippine Information Agency