Rappler's latest stories on rice tariffication law
They're ditching farming as their children drop out of school. Will there still be Filipino rice farmers left in this new decade?
“The analysis clearly points out the loss suffered by palay farmers. They have a point when they ask, ‘Why are we [going to] take a hit for the Filipino consumer?’ If the consumers really benefit, maybe they [rice farmers] can share in the benefit."
'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
Business confidence falls to 37.3% in the 3rd quarter of 2019, as bad weather, external shocks, and government policies hit companies
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
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is confident the rice tariffication bill will be approved