Duterte cuts red tape in importing agricultural products

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the cutting of red tape in importing agricultural products as he issued an administrative order to address soaring inflation.

Malacañang on Tuesday, September 25, announced that Duterte signed Administrative Order (AO) No. 13, removing non-tariff barriers in the importation of agricultural products. Duterte signed AO 13 on Friday, September 21.

A non-tariff barrier is defined as a way of limiting imports even while not charging a tariff.

In AO 13, Duterte said that "non-tariff barriers and certain administrative constraints, procedures, and fees unduly add to the costs of importation and limit supply, which in turn push up the prices of agricultural commodities to the detriment of Filipino consumers, especially the poor."

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia earlier told Rappler that Duterte agreed to issue an executive order to address the Philippines' inflation woes.

Read AO 13 below:

– Rappler.com

Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.