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Department of Agriculture eyes more solar irrigation facilities in Laguna, Rizal

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says that the use of solar-powered irrigation systems can also save farmers more money

Busy Farmers in North of Manila in Pugo La Union get hope after Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said “We will focus on agriculture in the coming years. We know that the major reason for inflation this year has been the logistics problems we have had in agriculture, as well as production problems.” Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Business as usual for rice industry after Duterte signs rice tariffication law

Feb 18, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The fight's not over, as rice industry stakeholders still have a chance to secure more safeguards before the implementing rules and regulations is finalized

Farmers in North of Manila were looking forward to a good harvest this year . Pangasinan is the country’s third biggest rice producer, next to Nueva Ecija and Isabela provinces. But Farmers here was worried Price of palay.Photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Robredo on rice tariffication law: Ensure 'safety nets' for farmers

Feb 17, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says measures should be in place to ensure that farmers will not suffer with the newly signed rice tariffication law

SAFETY NETS. Robredo meets with bell pepper farmers of Kiangan, Ifugao on January 30, 2019. Photo by the Office of the Vice President

Progressive groups fear new tariff law will lead to rice cartels

Feb 16, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) But proponents of the new rice tariffication law say it will lower the price of the food staple to a level more affordable for Filipinos

farmers North of Manila having a busy day for continues harvesting of their rice grains, one of the main source of race grain in the Philippines . photo by mau victa

Duterte signs rice tariffication law

Feb 15, 2019 - 8:17 PM

The law lifts import limits on rice, which opens the doors to more imported rice entering the country – a boon to Filipino consumers, but a bane to rice farmers and the local rice sector as a whole

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with the members of his cabinet and the stakeholders from the rice industry at the Malacañan Palace on February 6, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Butterfly effect: How rice tariffication bill affects everyone

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Conversations about rice are a national conversation

CHAIN REACTION. Other industries which make use of byproducts from the rice industry are also at risk of being affected by the Rice Tariffication bill if passed into law without changes. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Duterte open to changes in rice tariffication bill

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:26 PM

Rice industry stakeholders still hope the National Food Authority's regulatory powers will be retained, but President Rodrigo Duterte is against this

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with the members of his cabinet and the stakeholders from the rice industry at the Malacañan Palace on February 6, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gov't body, producers reject sugar import liberalization

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:49 AM

'It is alarming to note that this decision to liberalize sugar importation stemmed from a collegial body which means all economic planners are into this,' says Sugar Regulatory Administration board member Emilio Yulo

Duterte asked to veto provisions in rice tariffication bill

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Various groups in the rice industry urge President Rodrigo Duterte to veto provisions which they say would lead to loss of jobs

VETO SOUGHT. Various sectors under the rice industry call for President Rodrigo Duterte to veto provisions in the rice tariffication bill, which only needs his signature to become a law. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

[OPINION] Rice tariffication good for the country, Filipino farmers

Jan 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The proposed law removes the National Food Authority's rice import monopoly, and will kick off the process of substantially reducing the inefficiencies and collusion in the rice market system

Agri suffers P2.73 million production loss due to Tropical Depression Usman

Dec 31, 2018 - 4:19 PM

P2.13 million of that amount is rice production

USMAN. Effects of Tropical Depression Usman are shown in this photo of the Sugod River in Albay. Photo by Mavic Conde/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

A Staple Problem? History of rice crisis in the Philippines

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

While the Philippines is known for its agricultural lands, the country continues to face recurring rice crises over the years

[ANALYSIS] How rough was 2018 for the PH economy?

Dec 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM

All in all, there’s a sense that the Duterte government brought about needless economic hardships to the Filipino people in 2018

[ANALYSIS] Will rice tariffication live up to its promise?

Dec 07, 2018 - 12:43 PM

Absent sufficient safeguards, the Rice Fund might only serve as another costly leaky bucket that politicians can exploit

PCG seizes ship loaded with alleged smuggled rice

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:04 PM

The vessel, named MV Hulk, is found in Sulu carrying more or less 50,000 bags of rice

Photo courtesy of PCG Southern Mindanao

Senate approves bill lifting rice import limits

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:30 PM

If the rice tariffication bill is passed into law, a Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund would be created to protect the rice industry from sudden or extreme price fluctuations

APPROVED. Rice tariffication is one of the means identified that would help address soaring inflation. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ indicts Davidson Bangayan over rice cartel

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:59 PM

The justice department also indicts the trader for unlawful use of pseudonym ‘David Tan’

ALLEGED RICE SMUGGLER. Davidson Bangayan, also known as David Tan, is indicted of violating Article 186 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC). Photo from Senate PRIB

Economic team urges agriculture dept to solve food supply problems

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The government's economic team says the Department of Agriculture must improve farmers' productivity to bring food prices down

FOOD PRICES. The government's economic team urges the Agriculture Department to implement reforms. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Gov't sets suggested retail prices for rice

Oct 28, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol warns that traders who will not follow the SRPs would face jail time and a fine of up to P1 million

FAST FACTS: Rice prices in the Philippines

Oct 11, 2018 - 5:54 PM

A kilo of rice costs almost P50, and even P66 in Sulu, as of the 4th week of September 2018

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Oct 10, 2018 - 7:54 PM

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Duterte wants Chinese-Filipino businessman to head NFA

Oct 09, 2018 - 9:07 PM

A Chinese-Filipino who has been in the rice business for 'maybe 20 years' may soon be named National Food Authority administrator by President Rodrigo Duterte

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

After Dominguez-Piñol 'showdown,' Duterte OKs 'open' rice importation

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte sides with Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez who pushed for lifting restrictions on rice importation and letting market forces decide rice supply

There is no such thing as forever – even with rice

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We can diversify a lot more when it comes to what we should eat

Zamboanga Customs officials suspended over missing smuggled rice

Oct 04, 2018 - 6:14 PM

A 'visibly upset' President Rodrigo Duterte orders an investigation into 23,015 sacks of smuggled rice that had gone missing

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

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

[OPINION] With rice tariffication, what happens to food security?

Sep 30, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Philippine agricultural performance from 1995 to the present has been dismal, if not catastrophic

Duterte jokes: Blame rehabilitated drug addicts for rice crisis

Sep 27, 2018 - 5:36 PM

'Ngayon na marami nang na-rehab, kaya tayo nagkaroon ng rice crisis. Kumakain na ang mga ulol,' jokes President Rodrigo Duterte

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte's administration faces rice supply problems and inflation. Malacañang photo

LP senate bets, Hontiveros on NFA, BTS | Midday wRap

Sep 25, 2018 - 1:14 PM

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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

Shut up or free speech? Roque, Bong Go respond to Mar Roxas’ rice crisis advice

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:07 PM

The two Malacañang officials give contrasting responses to the suggestions of former interior secretary Mar Roxas

Mar Roxas calls time-out from travel blog to talk about rice crisis

Sep 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM

‘Magkaiba paningin natin sa maraming bagay pero sa tingin ko lahat ng Pilipino gustong malutas ang problemang ito. Kaya time out muna,’ says Mar Roxas in a rare social media post to the President

DEAR PRESIDENT DUTERTE. Mar Roxas pens a rare political post on Facebook addressing President Rodrigo Duterte and suggesting solutions to the rice crisis. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Food crisis, inflation due to lack of gov't direction – groups

Sep 14, 2018 - 2:55 PM

'This government must recognize that there is a food crisis largely because of the lack of leadership in food, agriculture, and fisheries governance,' says Hazel Tanchuling of Rice Watch and Action Network

No TRO for Trillanes, Duterte interview, Olivia Newton-John | Evening wRap

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:42 PM

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Duterte wants ancient barter trade to tame inflation

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Barter trade is one of the most ancient economic activities, where goods are exchanged without the use of cash

RICE WOES. President Rodrigo Duterte wants to revive barter trade with Sabah to bring rice prices down. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler


Duterte replacing NFA administrator Jason Aquino

Sep 11, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The embattled NFA administrator asked to be relieved because he is 'tired,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NFA Administrator Jason Aquino on Sept 3, 2018 during a budget hearing of the agency in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Sep 10, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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Rice prices jump to new highs in 4th week of August

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Cheap rice from the National Food Authority once again fails to bring prices down

[OPINYON] Dapat bang kainin ang bigas na may bukbok?

Sep 05, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Bumababa ang pagtingin ng mga Pilipino sa sarili kapag kumakain tayo ng mabaho, ginamot, o pinesteng bigas. Hindi ba ito ang ginagawa ng gobyerno sa kanilang solusyon sa krisis ng bigas?

Higher inflation in 2019 if rice tariffication not passed – Diokno

Sep 05, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is confident the rice tariffication bill will be approved

RICE. A rice retailer sells commercial rice at the Market in Quezon City on August 23, 2018 File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rice hoarders, Israeli lawmaker on Duterte, Robredo on rape | Evening wRap

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:19 PM

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5 questions we should be asking on the rice shortage

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Who would benefit from an emergency order for imports of around a million tons because government rice stocks were artificially run down?

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

[OPINION] Solving our 'unli' rice crisis

Sep 01, 2018 - 9:30 PM

If only half of the energy and focus given to the drug war were given to agriculture and rice production, we would already be better off

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

NFA declares Thai rice shipment in Albay 'bukbok-free'

Aug 31, 2018 - 5:55 PM

NFA-Bicol director Henry Tristeza leads a taste test of the fumigated rice which will be distributed all over Bicol region

TASTE TEST. NFA Bicol director Henry Tristeza samples cooked rice taken from the fumigated NFA rice shipment from Thailand on August 31, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler