Rappler's latest stories on rice tariffication
The President says he opted to stop the importation of rice as he could not stop rice tariffication, which was needed to 'erase corruption'
(UPDATED) Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo deny that President Rodrigo Duterte gave an order to stop the importation of rice
'Puwede namang sabay at hindi isa lang ang pagpipilian,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan as the government mulls transitioning 23 provinces from rice farming to raising other crops
For many critics, the SOGIE Equality Bill should take a back seat to address farmers’ welfare. But should we even be pitting issues against each other?
The amount will be for the ‘exclusive and urgent’ procurement of at least 750,000 metric tons of palay from local farmers at the farmgate price of P20 per kilogram
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Liberal Party stalwart and Occidental Mindoro congresswoman Josephine Ramirez Sato says direct cash assistance, not the government's zero-interest loans, would help rice farmers
Unquestionably, we need to support all farmers whose incomes and livelihoods are now hurting because of rice tariffication
Some farmers are already selling palay at a loss, but consumers have yet to enjoy significantly lower rice prices
Socioeconomic Planning Assistant Secretary Mercedita Sombilla says limiting how low palay prices can go would go against the purpose of the rice tariffication law
Farmers hurt by the rice tariffication law may loan up to P15,000 at zero interest, payable in 8 years
Producing palay in the Philippines costs around P12 per kilo, but some farmers say they are forced to sell their harvest at P7 just to compete with imported rice
'With the influx of rice imports, mas lumala ang kalagayan nila. Hindi na lalo mabayaran ang utang, lalong nababaon sa utang. Lalong nagugutom,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan
Senator Cynthia Villar says the problem isn't in the rice tariffication law which she authored
The removal of the National Food Authority from the importation process is expected to cut the time needed to process import permits
Does the IRR contain the safeguards that rice industry stakeholders are asking from government?
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the government listened to some of the proposals of rice industry stakeholders
Rice farmers are questioning if the law will be properly implemented
The National Food Authority will immediately stop its regulatory functions as soon as the rice tariffication law takes effect
NEDA is crafting the Rice Tariffication law's implementing rules and regulations. Check out how the government intends to rollout the measure without compromising farmers' concerns
Laban Konsyumer president Victorio Dimagiba says suggested retail prices for rice should not be completely removed
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
Vice President Leni Robredo says measures should be in place to ensure that farmers will not suffer with the newly signed rice tariffication law
(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
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
Conversations about rice are a national conversation
Rice industry stakeholders still hope the National Food Authority's regulatory powers will be retained, but President Rodrigo Duterte is against this
'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
Various groups in the rice industry urge President Rodrigo Duterte to veto provisions which they say would lead to loss of jobs
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
Philippine agricultural performance from 1995 to the present has been dismal, if not catastrophic
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is confident the rice tariffication bill will be approved
Who would benefit from an emergency order for imports of around a million tons because government rice stocks were artificially run down?
Senator Cynthia Villar says she won't agree to rice tariffication if farmers would not get subsidies
But opposition lawmakers argue the bill 'totally abandons' Filipino farmers and puts local agriculture 'in danger of extinction'
(UPDATED) Lifting rice import quotas means cheaper rice for consumers, but may hurt Filipino farmers if they can't compete with their counterparts in countries like Vietnam
The rice tariffication bill aims to amend the present agricultural policy, which allows the National Food Authority to monopolize rice importation