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Piñol's brother, daughter win posts in Cotabato province

May 17, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Piñol has three other brothers who lost their election bids

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol's daughter Krista Piñol Solis wins a seat at the Provincial Board of Cotobato's 2nd District while M'lang Vice Mayor Joselito Piñol continues to hold his position. Photo of Krista Piñol and Joselito Piñol from Facebook.

Farmers' preferences to be considered in agriculture procurement

May 06, 2019 - 8:35 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says reforming the procurement process for farmers will result in better bidding and production

RIGHT FIT. Choosing what farmers prefer during the procurement process will ensure better production, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Department of Agriculture eyes 100% onion self-sufficiency before Duterte steps down

Apr 05, 2019 - 7:12 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announces the department's new goal is to achieve full self-sufficiency for onion production before President Duterte steps down

SUGAR DEMANDS. Agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol enumerates the recommendations sugar industry stakeholders had come up with following the proposal from NEDA to deregulate sugar imports. Photo by Anna Mogato/Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol in an interview on February 12, 2019. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

P300-million loan facility set for Occidental Mindoro onion farmers

Apr 04, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The first P30 million will be given out to onion farmers' cooperatives in the second week of April

ONIONS FOR SALE. Local onions sold at a public market. Photo by Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons

DA suspends onion importation

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he has asked the Philippine Competition Commission and the National Bureau of Investigation to look into a cartel whose operations are affecting onion farmers in Nueva Ecija

Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña shows to members of the media the smuggled onions amounting to P4.5 million hidden behind boxes of mugs inside three 40-foot containers intercepted at the Port of Manila on June 11, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong

Stakeholders' inputs included in amended rice tariffication law IRR

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the government listened to some of the proposals of rice industry stakeholders

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DA eyes better agriculture growth through South Korea's support

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Amid fears that rice imports may hurt local production, the Department of Agriculture plans further collaboration with the Korea International Cooperation Agency

A farmer cultivate the ricefield using a hand tractor in Bulacan on Sunday, February 17, 2019, in preparation for planting rice. President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the rice tariffication bill on February 15, 2019. Local farmers had opposed the rice tariffication bill, fearing it would flood the market with cheaper rice from abroad and would result the death of the livelihood and welfare of 2.4 million rice farmers and more farm workers. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rice tariffication law IRR set to be signed March 5

Mar 04, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Inputs from farmers and other rice industry stakeholders are expected to be inserted into the IRR

Workers stacks sacks of rice inside the NFA warehouse in Quezon City on February 19, 2019. Officials of the National Food Authority lamented on Tuesday the 'definite' layoffs in the agency following President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Rice Tariffication Law. The law, which will replace the present quotas on rice imports with taxes, removes the NFA's power to import and distribute cheaper grain, leaving it with the sole task of buying grain from farmers to maintain buffer stocks, said agency administrator Tomas Escarez. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gov't must listen to stakeholders before deregulating sugar imports – Piñol

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:55 PM

'They said that this hampers the capability of local processors to compete,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

Sugar industry stakeholders seek changes to improve competitiveness

Feb 12, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Among the sugar industry's requests is to be included in the Department of Agriculture's solar irrigation program

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol in an interview on February 12, 2019. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

Ex-MILF camp to become banana plantation – Piñol

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the 7,000-hectare Camp Abubakar will be transformed into a production area for Cavendish bananas

Photo from Piñol's Facebook page

FALSE: Robredo 'wary of' Piñol’s river dredging proposal

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's interview is taken out of context and is stretched to infer links to the agriculture secretary

Screenshots from politics.com.ph and a blog claiming Robredo is opposed against Secretary Emannuel Piñol nationwide river dredging proposal.

Gov't will offer loans to Cordillera vegetable farmers – Piñol

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says farmers will be able to borrow up to P50,000, with interest

Piñol sacks NAIA quarantine team

Jan 04, 2019 - 11:19 AM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol cites inadequate measures at the NAIA to prevent the entry of swine fever into the country

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol says he is open to a debate over the 4Ps program. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

No more cheap NFA rice in 2019 – Piñol

Dec 19, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the National Food Authority would incur huge debts if it continues to distribute rice at low prices

Agricultural damage from Typhoon Rosita hits P1.85 billion

Nov 04, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol will visit typhoon-hit Isabela after President Rodrigo Duterte scolded him for being unable to attend the recent command conference

Goodbye bukbok? Gov’t to inspect imported rice before shipment to PH

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:15 PM

A Department of Agriculture-National Food Authority team will check rice shipments at the source, to ensure the quality of the imported grains to be sold to Filipino consumers

After Piñol slams rice imports, PH to import 1 million MT of rice in 2019

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol previously said the Philippines would have a rice problem if the country relied on imports to meet demand for the staple

Agricultural damage by Typhoon Ompong highest since Yolanda

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol plans to ask Congress for additional funds to rehabilitate Typhoon Ompong-hit areas

Expensive sili in markets? Plant your own, says Piñol

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:37 AM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says 'it would be wise to be innovative' as inflation soars

Piñol: Report rice hoarders, get P250,000

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the funds will come from private millers and traders

Robredo, LP want Piñol, NFA's Aquino fired over rice crisis

Sep 03, 2018 - 12:50 PM

To help address inflation and the rice shortage, Liberal Party stalwarts call for the passage of the Bawas Presyo bill, which would suspend the excise tax on fuel under the TRAIN law

LP ADDRESSES INFLATION. From L-R: Senators Francis Pangilinan and Bam Aquino, Vice President Leni Robredo, and Representatives Miro Quimbo and Kit Belmonte. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Puro bukbok ang diskarte ng gobyerno sa krisis sa bigas

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Pilit ang palusot, at balubaluktot ang mensahe ng gobyerno, tungkol sa krisis sa bigas – dahil sablay ang istratehiya sa simula pa lang

Duterte won't fire Piñol, NFA's Aquino over rice crisis

Sep 02, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'Maybe the laws are weak or are unenforceable. All we have to do is to improve on those laws, not necessarily fire people,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

RICE CRISIS. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will not fire Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino, and other officials over the rice crisis. Screenshot from RTVM

Challenge accepted: Piñol eats bukbok rice, galunggong

Sep 01, 2018 - 12:04 PM

'Ako mismo nagsaing,' says Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol

SAFE TO EAT. Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol eats bukbok rice and galunggong to allay fears of the public. Screengrab from UNTV

Robredo hits Piñol: 'Insensitive' to say high rice prices benefit farmers

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also slams the 'conflicting' statements of several government agencies on the ongoing rice crisis

'WHAT'S THE GAME PLAN?' Vice President Leni Robredo talks about the rice crisis in an ambush interview on August 29, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Piñol wants to legalize smuggled rice in Zamboanga-Basilan area

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:18 AM

The agriculture secretary even envisions a 'trading center' for smuggled rice in the Zamboanga-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi region, saying that's the practice there anyway

'Serve me bukbok rice, I will eat it,' says Piñol

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the presence of bukbok or weevils proves that imported rice 'has not been sprayed with chemicals'

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he is willing to eat bukbok-infested rice. Piñol's photo by Angie Silva/Rappler

High rice prices a win for farmers – Piñol

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'Farmers never had it so good until today,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

PERSPECTIVE. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol appeals to the public to look at the rice situation in another light. Photo by Ralf Rivas


Piñol wants special rice imports for Zambasulta area

Aug 27, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The proposal comes after Zamboanga City and Basilan both declared a state of calamity over rice prices reaching as high as P70 per kilo

MORE IMPORTS. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol wants more rice imports to solve the rice crisis in Zamboanga and Basilan. Photo from Piñol's Facebook page

Agriculture department allows galunggong imports

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:35 AM

(UPDATED) The Department of Agriculture allows the importation of galunggong or round scad as the closed fishing season nears

STAPLE. Many Filipino families prefer round scad or galunggong because it is cheaper than other varieties. Shutterstock photo


Poor agricultural growth? Increase our budget – Piñol

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:35 PM

'You cannot squeeze milk from a thin and hungry cow!' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

GROWTH. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol appeals for a higher budget for his agency. Photo by Darren Langit


Lawmakers slam agriculture department over rice hoarders

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says businessmen see rice hoarding as ‘inventory management'

BUDGET. The Department of Agriculture's approved budget for 2019 is less than half what it asked for. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Agriculture department sets suggested prices for rice, other goods

Jun 25, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The Department of Agriculture gives suggested retail prices for rice, fish, onions, and garlic to stabilize prices

Piñol open to debate over abolishing 4Ps program

May 28, 2018 - 10:06 PM

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol says the funds for government's 4Ps program should be diverted to more productive livelihood programs

Agriculture department blames banks for poor growth

May 28, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data reveals loans extended toward agriculture and agrarian reform are nowhere near what the law mandates

FARMERS. A community finishes a palay season after harvest in Pangasinan. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Duterte leads commissioning of Lapu-Lapu, Dagohoy ships

Dec 21, 2017 - 10:45 PM

BRP Lapu-Lapu and BRP Francisco Dagohoy will join the fight against illegal fishing, and may also be tapped to respond during disasters

Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Lapu-Lapu and the BRP Francisco Dagohoy are commissioned during a ceremony led by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the Sasa Wharf in Davao City on December 21, 2017. The two new ships are additions to the floating assets of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) which will be deployed to curb illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Piñol says new bird flu case in Nueva Ecija 'contained'

Dec 02, 2017 - 1:42 PM

'Under the new internationally set protocols, only fowls in the affected farm will be culled while those in the surrounding areas will be monitored and subjected to random tests,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

BIRD FLU. In this file photo, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol talks about the avian influenza during a press conference last August. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DA to review Philippine policies on bird flu

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:00 PM

'We will conduct a review on how we should handle the [avian influenza] problems in the future because... the industry actually suffered because of the very strict measures that we implemented,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

BIRD FLU. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says his department will review the country's policies in relation to the avian influeza or bird flu. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Senate panel OKs P60-B agriculture budget

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:34 PM

'We'll have to make do with whatever was given to us,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

DA confirms H5N6 bird flu strain in Pampanga

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:50 PM

UPDATED H5N6 is a strain that is transmissible to humans but the Bureau of Animal Industry says the transmission rate is very very low

Lab in Australia confirms bird flu outbreak in Pampanga

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:10 PM

To assure the public that there s nothing to fear amid the outbreak Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he will ask the President to eat balut with him in Pampanga

RESULTS. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol shows reporters the results of the confirmatory test on the bird flu outbreak in San Luis, Pampanga. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

DA lifts ban on poultry shipments from Luzon

Aug 22, 2017 - 2:37 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says they are lifting the ban upon the recommendation of biosecurity experts

BAN LIFTED. Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol gives updates during a press conference on the avian influenza. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

6 tips from DOH on how to be safe from bird flu

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:21 PM

UPDATED DOH spokesperson Eric Tayag assures the public they may still eat chicken but they must cook it properly first

Quarantine officers in the affected areas wear the proper gear. Photo courtesy of Dr. Arlene Vytiaco, Bureau of Animal Industry

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Aug 18, 2017 - 7:29 PM

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Bird flu confirmed in 2 Nueva Ecija towns – Piñol

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:17 PM

UPDATED Nueva Ecija is the second province with confirmed cases of bird flu after Pampanga

BIRD FLU. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol confirms that bird flu has reached Nueva Ecija

No cockfighting in Pampanga for next 2 weeks due to bird flu – Piñol

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Ihihinto muna yung sabong dahil ang tina target natin matapos lang yung 21 days na incubation period ng virus says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

DA to start paying farm owners affected by bird flu outbreak

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he has already identified P31 million from the Quick Response Fund for the initial payment of affected farmers

BIRD FLU UPDATES. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol during a press conference on Avian Influenza at the Department of Agriculture office in Quezon City. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Piñol expects bird flu outbreak to affect agri performance in Q3

Aug 16, 2017 - 5:20 PM

I m willing to be accused of overreacting than not doing everything to prevent the spread [of the virus] says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

UPDATES. Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol during the press conference on avian influenza at the Department of Agriculture office in Quezon City on Wednesday, August 16. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bird flu in Pampanga: DA to cull more fowls from controlled area

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:05 PM

A total of 73 110 layer chickens ducks fighting cocks and native chicken have already been culled as of Wednesday August 16

Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (left) and DOH Assec. Dr. Eric Tayag during press conference on Avian Influenza at the DA office in Quezon City on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT