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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

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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

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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

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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

House probe sought into NFA’s alleged misuse of rice funds

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:18 AM

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

NFA RICE. Workers pile sacks of rice in a National Food Authority warehouse. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Newsbreak Chats: Rice crisis, Arroyo as House Speaker, other top stories in August 2018

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:33 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: the ongoing rice crisis, the tussle between Customs and PDEA, changes in the House, backdoor abortion in the Philippines

'Fumigate the bigger pests' in rice crisis: hoarders, price speculators

Aug 30, 2018 - 3:25 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya suggests ways to address the ongoing rice crisis

Rice. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NFA chief faces graft complaint for misusing rice funds

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:05 PM

(UPDATED) The National Food Authority denies there was diversion of funds, saying that the money of the agency is 'in good hands'

Senate hearing on NFA Rice on March 15,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Aug 29, 2018 - 8:27 PM

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Taming rice prices: What lawmakers, experts say

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Putting a cap on prices may sound like a good idea, but it may actually lead to a rice shortage

Makabayan bloc wants House probe into Zamboanga City rice crisis

Aug 29, 2018 - 6:56 PM

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'

RICE PRICES. Zamboanga City is under a state of calamity because of a rice shortage that has driven up rice prices. File photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Makabayan lawmakers seek House probe into bukbok rice importation

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:49 PM

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'

BUKBOK RICE. Makabayan legislators want the House of Representatives to investigate the bukbok rice importation. Photo from Shutterstock

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

[ANALYSIS] Filipinos don’t deserve fumigated nor weevil-infested rice

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:08 AM

(UPDATED) Why this burgeoning rice crisis? I argue that government is wholly to blame.

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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

State of calamity in Zamboanga City until rice prices stable

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:17 PM

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

RICE PRICES. Zamboanga City is under a state of calamity because of a rice shortage that has driven up rice prices. Photo by Richard Falcatan/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


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Aug 27, 2018 - 8:19 PM

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