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ARTICLE FINDER

China to exempt 'some' U.S. soybean, pork from tariffs

Dec 06, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The olive branch comes as the two sides edge towards a mini agreement Washington says includes a Chinese promise to increase the purchase of US farm products

U.S. reimposes steel, aluminum tariffs on Brazil, Argentina

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Industry leaders in both countries cry foul

Stricter requirements, but no rice import ban – agriculture chief

Nov 21, 2019 - 12:55 PM

(UPDATED) Agriculture Secretary William Dar says the Philippine government will make it more difficult for rice imports to enter the country to help local farmers, but will not totally ban importation

Duterte orders suspension of rice importation

Nov 20, 2019 - 12:56 AM

The President says he opted to stop the importation of rice as he could not stop rice tariffication, which was needed to 'erase corruption'

NEW ORDER. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte orders Agriculture Secretary William Dar to stop the importation of rice. Malacañang photo

Malacañang says no order to suspend rice importation

Nov 18, 2019 - 6:29 PM

(UPDATED) Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo deny that President Rodrigo Duterte gave an order to stop the importation of rice

FARMERS IN NEED. Local farmers had opposed the rice tariffication bill, fearing it would flood the market with cheaper rice from abroad and would result the death of the livelihood and welfare of 2.4 million rice farmers and more farm workers. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

WTO authorizes Chinese tariffs on $3.6B in U.S. goods in anti-dumping tiff

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:44 PM

The decision marks the first time the World Trade Organization has authorized China to impose tariffs in a trade dispute

WTO. A delegate leaves a World Trade Organization building during the 2018 edition of the WTO public forum on sustainable trade, on October 2, 2018 at the WTO headquarters in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.S. imposes tariffs on EU goods, targeting Airbus, wine and whisky

Oct 18, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Airbus, French wine and Scottish whiskies are among the high-profile targets with Europe ready to hit back against its own list of iconic or politically sensitive US products in 2020

Pangilinan urges 'careful study' of proposal to drop rice farming in 23 provinces

Oct 12, 2019 - 12:53 PM

'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

A farmer cultivate the ricefield using a hand tractor in preparation for planting rice. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

WTO approves U.S. tariffs worth $7.5B on EU goods in Airbus retaliation

Oct 02, 2019 - 10:48 PM

The ruling is the largest arbitration award in World Trade Organization history and a landmark moment in the 15-year long Airbus-Boeing battle

US TARIFFS. The World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva on April 12, 2018. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

[OPINION] It's not a cockfight between farmers and queers

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:24 AM

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?

Lawmakers want extra P15B for NFA to buy palay from local farmers

Sep 19, 2019 - 4:04 PM

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

RICE CRISIS. DA Secretary William Dar makes a surprise inspection on stalls selling NFA rice at the San Andres Market in Manila on September 13, 2019. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Rice tariffication, EDSA bus ban down business confidence in Q3 2019

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Business confidence falls to 37.3% in the 3rd quarter of 2019, as bad weather, external shocks, and government policies hit companies

China to exempt U.S. pork and soybeans from added tariffs – state media

Sep 13, 2019 - 9:49 PM

The announcement is the latest in a series of appeasement measures between the world's two biggest economies

LP lawmakers seek P13.19-billion cash aid for rice farmers

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:45 PM

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

AID FOR FARMERS. Liberal Party lawmakers Jose Christopher Belmonte, Josephine Ramirez Sato, Stella Quimbo, and Gabriel Bordado file House Resolution No. 15 on September 11, 2019. Photo from Liberal Party Media

[ANALYSIS] Plummeting rice prices: How will our rice farmers cope?

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Unquestionably, we need to support all farmers whose incomes and livelihoods are now hurting because of rice tariffication

Rice prices still not hitting P27/kilo as projected under tariffication law

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Some farmers are already selling palay at a loss, but consumers have yet to enjoy significantly lower rice prices

NEDA not keen on setting floor price for palay

Sep 03, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Assistant Secretary Mercedita Sombilla says limiting how low palay prices can go would go against the purpose of the rice tariffication law

No cash transfers, just loans for rice farmers

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Farmers hurt by the rice tariffication law may loan up to P15,000 at zero interest, payable in 8 years

Farmers seek floor price as palay sells for just P7 per kilo

Sep 02, 2019 - 4:55 PM

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

Pangilinan: Release P20-billion cash aid to farmers affected by rice tariffication law

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:36 PM

'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

SUPPORT. Senator Francis Pangilinan urges the government to release cash aid to farmers. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump defends China trade policy

Aug 04, 2019 - 8:26 AM

US President Donald Trump says other countries are clamoring to reach trade deals with the US following the tariffs imposed on China

TRADE WAR. China's President Xi Jinping (R) greets US President Donald Trump before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

China vows to strike back at U.S. tariffs threat

Aug 02, 2019 - 5:25 PM

'Slapping on tariffs is definitely not a constructive way to resolve economic and trade frictions, it's not the correct way,' says Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

TRADE WAR. This file picture taken on November 6, 2018, shows a Chinese and US flags at a booth during the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Rice imports undervalued? 'That's BOC's problem,' says Cynthia Villar

Jul 24, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar says the problem isn't in the rice tariffication law which she authored

VILLAR SPEAKS ON ACHIEVING WIN-WIN APPROACHES IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. Re-elected Sen. Cynthia A. Villar underscores the need to establish linkages between and among all the sectors of the society—public, business and private to achieve “win-win approaches to sustainable development.” Speaking during the European Innovation, Technology and Science Center (EITSC) forum at Dusit Thani Hotel, Villar says sustainability is the key in environment and in other sectors, particularly agriculture. “And when it comes to sustainability, the environment and agriculture are interlinked,” says Villar. As the chairperson of both the Senate Committees on Agriculture and Food and Environment and Natural Resources, the senator says there is truly a direct link between food security and environment protection. (Photo from Office of Sen. Cynthia Villar)

China says U.S. tariffs must be lifted for a trade deal

Jul 04, 2019 - 6:44 PM

'If the two sides can reach an agreement, the tariffs imposed must be completely eliminated. China's attitude toward this is clear and consistent,' says Chinese commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng

SIDE BY SIDE. In this file photo, a Chinese woman adjusts a Chinese flag near US flags. Pool/AFP

Apple says U.S. tariffs on China would backfire

Jun 21, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Apple says the tariff proposal by Trump would hurt Apple's ability to compete and also end up reducing the tech giant's contributions to the US economy in taxes and investments

APPLE. In this file photo taken on September 9, 2015 a reporter walks by an Apple logo during a media event in San Francisco, California.Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


U.S. and Mexico hold tariff talks, Trump demands migrant action

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:09 AM

With pressure boiling, members of Trump's Republican party are reportedly considering a brazen legislative move to block the President's tariffs

TARIFF TALKS. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon speaks during a press conference with the Mexican delegation negotiating tariffs with US officials on June 3, 2019 at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, DC. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

The biggest world stories of the week: May 26-June 1, 2019

Jun 02, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Here's a roundup of the stories that made headlines across the globe

FIRST PUBLIC STATEMENT. Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves after speaking on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

China says trade war 'has not made America great again'

Jun 02, 2019 - 4:05 PM

'China does not want a trade war, but it is not afraid of one and will fight one if necessary' says the Chinese government in a white paper

TRADE WAR. This file picture taken on November 6, 2018, shows a Chinese and US flags at a booth during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Mexican president says confident that U.S. will negotiate on tariffs

Jun 01, 2019 - 11:55 PM

A Mexican delegation will meet in Washington with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the surprise tariff

CONFIDENT. Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he is confident that US will negotiate on the tariffs, as China imposed a new round for US products too. Trump photo by Saul Loeb/AFP; Obrador photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

China raises tariffs on U.S. goods amid escalating tensions

Jun 01, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Beijing's move hits $60 billion worth of US goods with new punitive tariffs ranging from 5 to 25 percent

HEAD TO HEAD. China and US raise tariffs as tensions escalate. File photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

Canada aims to ratify trade deal after lifting of tariffs

May 19, 2019 - 9:28 AM

But Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says it would be 'naive' to think US protectionism is no longer a threat

TRADE WAR. Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill on March 15, 2018 in Portage, Indiana. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images North America/AFP

Trump delays decision on auto tariffs for up to 6 months

May 17, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'Within 180 days...the Trade Representative shall update me on the outcome of the negotiations,' President Donald Trump says in a proclamation issued by the White House

DELAY. In this file photo taken on February 15, 2019 US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. nears metal tariffs deal with Canada, Mexico

May 16, 2019 - 12:05 PM

'I think we are close to an understanding with Mexico and Canada,' says US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

TRADE WAR. Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill on March 15, 2018 in Portage, Indiana. Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images North America / AFP

Trump plans to delay auto tariffs for 6 months – industry sources

May 15, 2019 - 11:45 PM

New tariffs risk exploding already tense trade relations with Washington's major trading partners, who are angry about punitive duties on steel and aluminum imposed last year

US TARIFFS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby, Texas, on April 10, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Faster importation of rice seen under tariffication law

Apr 29, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The removal of the National Food Authority from the importation process is expected to cut the time needed to process import permits

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

EU threatens $12 billion in tariffs over U.S. Boeing subsidies

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Europe's $12 billion claim against Boeing comes on the trail of a similar demand by the US for $11 billion in compensation for EU subsidies towards Airbus

BOEING. This file photo shows unidentified Boeing employees working on building Boeing 777 jets at its Everett factory. Image via Shutterstock

What's inside the IRR of the Rice Tariffication law?

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Does the IRR contain the safeguards that rice industry stakeholders are asking from government?

Consumers line up to buy rice at the Commonwealth market in Quezon City on February 18, 2019. According to the DTI rice prices can be lowered to from P2 to P7 per kilo after the Rice Tariffication Law was enacted and signed by President Duterte last week. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Trump: China tariffs may remain for 'substantial period'

Mar 21, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Washington and Beijing are battling over the final shape of an agreement, with American officials demanding profound changes to Chinese industrial policy

Rappler Talk: NEDA's Mercedita Sombilla on rice tariffication

Mar 12, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Rappler talks to Socioeconomic Planning Assistant Secretary Mercedita Sombilla to discuss how the government will implement the new rice tariffication law

Stakeholders' inputs included in amended rice tariffication law IRR

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the government listened to some of the proposals of rice industry stakeholders

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

Farmers contest rice tariffication law hours before IRR signing

Mar 05, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Rice farmers are questioning if the law will be properly implemented

Peasant groups continue to protest the recently enacted Rice Tariffication Law for two consecutive days in front of the Department of Agriculture central office in Quezon City The law will literally smash down the country's value of palay production, that reached last year to more than P350 to P380 billion. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

NFA to halt regulatory functions on March 5

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The National Food Authority will immediately stop its regulatory functions as soon as the rice tariffication law takes effect

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

Trump urges China to remove tariffs on U.S agricultural products

Mar 02, 2019 - 2:14 PM

A meeting between Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, is also expected this month

TRADE WAR. US President Donald Trump engages in trade talks between rival power China. Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP

FAST FACTS: How government will implement rice tariffication

Mar 01, 2019 - 7:43 AM

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

Consumer advocate proposes lowering SRPs for rice

Feb 27, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Laban Konsyumer president Victorio Dimagiba says suggested retail prices for rice should not be completely removed

Consumers line up to buy rice at the Commonwealth market in Quezon City on February 18, 2019. According to the DTI rice prices can be lowered to from P2 to P7 per kilo after the Rice Tariffication Law was enacted and signed by President Duterte last week. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

U.S. to delay China tariff increase – Trump

Feb 25, 2019 - 9:30 AM

The US president also says he plans to hold a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Florida estate Mar-a-Lago to sign a deal

US President Donald Trump doesn't want to invite Cleveland Cavaliers nor the Golden State Warriors for an official White House visit. AFP Photo

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