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Lawmakers conduct ocular inspections on Bulacan rice warehouses

BALAGTAS, Bulacan — Members of the House of Representatives together with Bureau of Customs and Coast Guard officials conducted ocular inspections on three rice warehouses inside the Intercity Industrial Estate in this part of the town on Thursday (Aug. 24).

The lawmakers were headed by House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, ACT-CIS Partylist Rep. Erwin Tulfo, House committee chairman on Agriculture and Food Mark Enverga, and Bulacan 5th District Rep. Ambrosio “Boy” Cruz.

The ocular inspections were conducted to verify reports if there is really rice hoarding being committed by traders in this industrial estate otherwise known as one of the major rice trading centers in Luzon.

Among the rice mills/warehouses inspected were the FS Ricemill, San Pedro Warehouse and Great Harvest Ricemill.

Only the Great Harvest Ricemill was temporarily padlocked because no representative of the ricemill was present to face the inspection team while FS Ricemill and San Pedro Warehouse representatives were advised to submit necessary documents before they can resume operations.

Romualdez said he and his colleagues in the House of Representatives conducted the rice fact-finding mission to find out if there is really a shortage in the supply of the country’s staple food.

Based on their findings, Romualdez said there is no rice shortage and rice traders have confirmed that locally produced rice will start arriving in the next few weeks.

He also advised rice importers to conduct their business the right way and pay whatever is due to the government in terms of taxes. (UnliNews Online)

Manny D. Balbin
Manny D. Balbin
Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, founder and editor-in-chief of UNLINEWS ONLINE and UNLINEWS Digital Newspaper, is a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated college with Philosophy and Political Science courses at the University of Santo Tomas, Legazpi City. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, People's Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before, he simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspapers in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). He is the founder and the former editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, both in weekly newspaper and online news. A former Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.


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