Rice tariffication law should stay to ensure food security, Finance chief says

FINANCE Secretary Benjamin Diokno said he will officially recommend to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to continue the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL), in light of the President’s earlier pronouncements to amend or suspend the law.The measure, enacted as Republic Act 11203 on February 14, 2019, lifted the quantitative restriction on rice imports […]

Fisherfolk call for suspension of closed fishing season policy in typhoon-affected provinces

PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD FACEBOOK PAGE AN ORGANIZATION of small fishermen has expressed its opposition to importing fish for typhoon-hit areas, calling instead for aid to restore its members’ livelihoods and the lifting of an order imposing a closed fishing season on key fishing grounds. The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) said in […]

September exports, imports grow

By Revin Mikhael D. Ochave, Reporter Philippine exports and imports rose in September amid a pickup in global economic activity, the local statistics agency said on Friday. The value of exports increased by 6.3% year on year to $6.68 billion, better than 3.4% a year earlier, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said in a report, […]

Maize association says lower corn tariffs to kill off domestic industry

THE PROPOSED lowering of the tariff on yellow corn imports will be detrimental to both producers and consumers by ultimately increasing import dependency, because such a measure would force many domestic producers out, the corn industry said. Roger V. Navarro, president of the Philippine Maize Federation, Inc., said domestic producers will be “slaughtered” by the […]

Closed fishing season ‘unjust’ to small fishermen, organization claims

THE PRACTICE of closing fishing grounds to allow fisheries to recover has had a disproportionate impact on small fishermen by depriving them of livelihoods while driving up consumer food costs, according to a fishermen’s organization, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA).  PAMALAKAYA National Chairman Fernando L. Hicap said in a statement Monday […]

Ban on poultry imports from Japan lifted  

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has lifted a temporary ban on poultry imports from Japan, after that country’s poultry industry was deemed free of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), or bird flu.    Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar signed Memorandum Order No. 52 on Sept. 10 which lifted the ban on Japanese domestic and wild birds and their products, including meat, day-old chicks, eggs, and semen.    […]