Secretary Emmanuel Piñol of the Department of Agriculture (DA) has belied right here the report that Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco, Jr. briefed final Friday some members of the Cabinet about President Rodrigo Duterte’s medical situation.

“Malakas pa sa kalabaw ang Presidente, walang Cabinet meeting. Hindi pa naman ako naaalis sa gabinete, (The President is stronger than a carabao. There was no Cabinet meeting and I am not yet removed from the Cabinet),” Piñol mentioned in his go to right here Tuesday afternoon.

He mentioned that the Health Secretary ought to have briefed them and never Evasco.

A newspaper columnist wrote that extremely knowledgeable sources mentioned Evasco made the briefing with some Cabinet members.

Meanwhile, on rice manufacturing, Piñol mentioned that he was simply knowledgeable Tuesday morning earlier than he got here to Bataan by officers of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Philippine Rice Research Institute (Philrice) of the rise in harvest nationwide from four.15 metric tons (MT) per hectare to four.28 MT.

“This means that it is 1.28 metric tons higher than the previous national average of 3.9 MT,” he mentioned.

Piñol, nonetheless, mentioned that regardless of the nice report of harvest, the nation nonetheless has to import rice however at a lesser quantity.

“The shortfall has declined. It means that the previous national importation volume of 1.8 million MT has decreased now. Based on the IRRI study, the expected importation this year is only between 500,000 to 800,000 metric tons,” he mentioned.

Based on the research of IRRI, rice consumption of Filipinos grew to become decrease whereas manufacturing will increase, he mentioned.

“We are expecting bumper harvest this wet season as long as the weather condition continues to become favorable,” he mentioned.

The Agriculture secretary led the groundbreaking of the PHP21.7-million ice plant and chilly storage in barangay Batangas Dos right here.

He additionally distributed farm and fishing implements and supplies to farmers and fisherfolk. (PNA)