Asean Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve 

General Manager Dr. Choomjet Karnjanakesorn led a team of APTERR Secretariat to pay a courtesy call on the Philippines’ new Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary H.E. Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr.  on 16 November 2023 in occasion of attending the ceremonial handover and distribution of 20-MT rice for Japan’s new initiative ‘School Distribution Programme’ under Tier 3 to promote food security in school students in the Philippines. 




(L-R) Engr. Roger V. Navarro, Office-In-Charge of the Office of the Undersecretary for Operations, DA, Mr. ANDO Akinori, Japanese Expert and GM Dr. Karnjanakesorn of the APTERR Secretariat, DA Secretary H.E. Laurel, Director for Grain Quality Assurance Office OKUHIRA and Deputy Director TOJO Toshiki of MAFF Japan, Administrator Bioco of the NFA and Head of Implementation Jansinee Kankaew of the APTERR Secretariat



The representatives from the National Food Authority (NFA) of the Philippines led by Administrator Roderico R. Bioco and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF Japan) led by Director for Grain Quality Assurance Office OKUHIRA Kenji also attended this event.



With a close cooperation with the NFA as its counterpart, there are 1,427 MT of APTERR stocks contributed by P.R. China, Japan and the Republic of Korea to be implemented under FY 2023’s Tier 3 programme in the Philippines.