This involves the monitoring and enforcement of rules and regulations governing grains business, licensing and registration of all rice and corn business for a purpose of acquiring industry information and ensuring rational distribution of grains business for optimum utility and profitability. It also includes the promotion of harmonious and productive relationship among rice and corn industry stakeholders to achieve sectoral efficiency, discipline and growth.

 

Licensing and Registration of Grains Businessmen - Any person, natural or juridical, before engaging in the rice and/corn business must first apply for a license and/or registration in the prescribed application form, in triplicate copies to be signed by the applicant himself or by his authorized representative. This form can be secured from the NFA Regional or Provincial Office, where the grains business is located.

 

Total Quality Grains Management Program - This program aims to synthesize existing and potential grains quality control procedures and techniques into an efficient management system for ensuring good quality rice in the agency. It includes the assessment of palay, NFA stocks and non-fortified milled rice stocks, sugar, corn and by-products.

 

Rice Fortification Program - It is a joint program between NFA and DOH thru a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in June 2004 for the joint monitoring and review of the program for rice in consonance with the Philippine Fortification Act of 2000 or Republic Act 8976 which requires the implementation of the mandatory food fortification for rice with iron except brown rice and locally produced glutinous rice, including those milled and distributed by the NFA.

 

Private Sector Importation - In line with the government’s policy of removing the rice importation monopoly of NFA, all private grains businessmen (individual and entities) shall be allowed to undertake the rice importation which shall be part of the country’s food security requirement. The private sector importation has two windows:

   

Window 1:

Rice importation shall be subject to payment of duties/tariff taxes and other fees that may be required by the bank and Bureau of Customs.

   

Window 2:

The NFA shall be charging a Service Fee for the rice importation of the private sector using the NFA tax expenditure subsidy.

 

ISO Certification - NFA’s Food Development Center was recertified to ISO 9001:2000 as a result of the 6th Surveillance Audit conducted on December 4, 2009, an indication that FDC has continuously complied with the standards set by Certification International Philippines, Inc. (CIPI). On December 10, 2009, FDC was recognized by the Office of the President, among other government agencies that have attained ISO 9001:2000 accreditation.

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