Rice affordability to hinge on stronger ASEAN trade

THE PHILIPPINES needs to strengthen its trade relationships with the rest of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to ensure access to affordable rice, an agricultural economist said. “We have to strengthen our ASEAN trade relations to ensure rice availability and affordability…,” Karlo Fermin S. Adriano of the Ateneo de Manila University Economics department […]

Marcos says just finishing his ‘checklist’ before appointing an agri chief 

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. on Tuesday said he is just finishing a “checklist” of things he wants to do in the agriculture department before appointing his replacement who will be able to function as a full-time secretary.   “I have a timetable for that and certain things I want to achieve before leaving the department, […]

Lawmaker calls on DA to boost sweet potato development as alternative to rice

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) should fund the development of sweet potato, locally known as kamote, to boost production and food innovation to make it a more attractive alternative to rice, a lawmaker said on Tuesday. Iloilo Rep. Janette L. Garin, a physician and former health secretary, said promoting alternatives to the Filipino staple is […]

Farm damage from typhoon estimated at P2.02 billion

AGRICULTURAL damage caused by Typhoon Karding (international name: Noru) has hit P2.02 billion, the Department of Agriculture said. The storm damaged an estimated 150,693 hectares of farmland and affected over 91,944 farmers and fisherfolk, resulting in lost production of 117,663 metric tons. Damage and losses were reported in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos, the Cagayan […]

Farm mechanization agency under pressure over disbursement performance

THE Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) faced questioning from the Senate after disbursing only a fraction of its budget for mechanizing the rice farming industry. At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture, Food and Agrarian Reform committee Senator Maria Imelda Josefa Remedios R. Marcos said the agency disbursed only P159 million of the funding available […]

EXPLAINER: COA has no specific finding of overprice in Cebu City’s 2021 Covid spending. But it flags LGU ‘violations’ of rules and law on rice, packed meals. How would Sanggunian minority use COA report?

CONTEXT. The Cebu City Council — starting when Michael “Mike” Rama was still vice mayor, then acting mayor, mostly in 2021 — had been pressing for an accounting of multi-billion pesos spent on the anti-Covid campaign. It didn’t get what it wanted: not the detailed summary the Sanggunian minority, led by Councilor Nestor Archival Sr., […]

Tell it to SunStar: Amid rising rice prices, groups gather signatures vs. Rice Liberalization Law

The Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women, rice watch group Bantay Bigas and urban poor group Kadamay led the petition signing on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, held at the Kamuning Market in Quezon City to gather public’s support in demanding the repeal of Republic Act 11203 or the Rice Liberalization Law and the enactment of […]

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 […]