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
The two Malacañang officials give contrasting responses to the suggestions of former interior secretary Mar Roxas
‘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
'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
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Barter trade is one of the most ancient economic activities, where goods are exchanged without the use of cash
The embattled NFA administrator asked to be relieved because he is 'tired,' says President Rodrigo Duterte
Cheap rice from the National Food Authority once again fails to bring prices down
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?
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is confident the rice tariffication bill will be approved
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Who would benefit from an emergency order for imports of around a million tons because government rice stocks were artificially run down?
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the funds will come from private millers and traders
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
Pilit ang palusot, at balubaluktot ang mensahe ng gobyerno, tungkol sa krisis sa bigas – dahil sablay ang istratehiya sa simula pa lang
'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
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
'Ako mismo nagsaing,' says Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol
NFA-Bicol director Henry Tristeza leads a taste test of the fumigated rice which will be distributed all over Bicol region
The Makabayan bloc also wants the House agriculture and food committee to probe the NFA’s failure to procure 124,969 metric tons of rice in 2017
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House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya suggests ways to address the ongoing rice crisis
(UPDATED) The National Food Authority denies there was diversion of funds, saying that the money of the agency is 'in good hands'
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Putting a cap on prices may sound like a good idea, but it may actually lead to a rice shortage
The left-leaning legislators argue the state of calamity declared in Zamboanga City over soaring rice prices is a 'microcosm of the instability of food security in the country'
The progressive legislators argue Filipino taxpayers deserve to know how much of their money was spent for the importation of rice infested with weevil or 'bukbok'
Vice President Leni Robredo also slams the 'conflicting' statements of several government agencies on the ongoing rice crisis
(UPDATED) Why this burgeoning rice crisis? I argue that government is wholly to blame.
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
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the presence of bukbok or weevils proves that imported rice 'has not been sprayed with chemicals'
Zamboanga City Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde says the city will remain under a state of calamity to help local officials address the problem of high rice prices
'Farmers never had it so good until today,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol
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The proposal comes after Zamboanga City and Basilan both declared a state of calamity over rice prices reaching as high as P70 per kilo
National Food Authority Spokesperson Rex Estoperez says imported rice is safe to eat after weevils are smoked out
A total of 22,000 bags of smuggled rice are found onboard two vessels
Senator Cynthia Villar says she won't agree to rice tariffication if farmers would not get subsidies
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But opposition lawmakers argue the bill 'totally abandons' Filipino farmers and puts local agriculture 'in danger of extinction'
For state auditors, the NFA could actually do away with imports if it just uses the funds to boost and buy local rice
House Bill No. 7735 creates the Rice Fund, which would be used to modernize rice farms, fund postharvest facilities, transportation and infrastructure projects, and provide rice scholarships
(UPDATED) The Philippine Statistics Authority says rice inflation rose to 5% in July. The average price of regular milled rice is over P41 per kilo.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says businessmen see rice hoarding as ‘inventory management'
President Rodrigo Duterte directs all intelligence agencies to address the 'economic sabotage' caused by rice cartels
Poor families suffer for almost half of the year, as they are left with no choice but to buy regular and well-milled rice
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The Department of Agriculture has not been asked to scrap its rice self-sufficiency targets, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque