Meat tariff hearing highlights diverging agri, meat industry interests

THE agriculture and meat industries set forth their arguments on tariffs for imported meat and edible offal, ending up in opposing camps on the level of protection needed by domestic growers. Nicanor M. Briones, Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines party-list representative, said during a virtual public hearing of the Tariff Commission (TC) on Wednesday […]

Farmers, fisherfolk oppose EO 171 extension

FIFTEEN farmers and fisherfolk organizations released a joint statement Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, expressing their opposition to the extension of Executive Order (EO) 171, saying the reduced import tariff did not benefit consumers. The group instead wants the Marcos administration to protect local agriculture, through various programs and interventions to ensure food security. EO 171 […]

European Chamber calls for EV tariff exemptions covering all countries of origin

THE European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) urged the Philippines to eliminate tariffs on imports of all electric vehicles (EVs) regardless of country of origin. In a statement, the ECCP sought tariff exemptions “for EVs imported from all countries — not only those coming from select economies.” It is unclear whether the actual […]

MCWD to consult public on proposed 70% water rate hike

THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) will hold a series of consultative meetings with the officials of eight local government units under its franchise area to discuss its proposed water rate increase.MCWD covers the cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue and Talisay and the municipalities of Cordova, Consolacion, Liloan and Compostela.After the consultative meetings, MCWD will […]

Mike to BBM: Give Cebu City a dam

CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama will request President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to include the construction of a water impounding dam in the city as part of the National Government’s flagship projects.In a statement posted on the Facebook page of the Cebu City Public Information Office on Friday, July 15, 2022, Rama said he is […]

Senator seeks import probe

A senator has sought an investigation of the importation of goods at lower tariffs. Senator Imee Marcos lauded the compromise on the tariff for pork imports but said all minimum access volume (MAV) or imports subject to lower tariff, should be probed. “The MAV issue doesn’t stop there because our agricultural industry continues to struggle,” […]