January 5, 2024
Though overall December 2023 inflation slowed, this was not the case for the bottom 30% income households. This shows the current administration’s anti-inflation measures focused on import liberalization did little to protect poor Filipinos burdened more with high prices.
July 4, 2023
The Marcos Jr government projected its first year as being full of sunshine. But this has failed to conceal the administration’s inaction and incapability to genuinely serve and keep its promises to the Filipino people.
June 25, 2021
The economic managers have been using runaway inflation to justify liberalizing rice importation. But government’s obsession with imports liberalization has only worsened the jobs crisis, loss of livelihoods, and farmers’ bankruptcy.
June 5, 2019
April 18, 2019
The Rice Tariffication Law supposedly ensures food security by liberalizing rice imports and making farming globally competitive. However, Filipino farmers see it as a threat to their livelihood. Some vouch for it, while others side with the dissenting voice. Who’s who?
January 7, 2019
Research group IBON said that to truly resolve high rice prices and production concerns, the government should develop domestic rice production and ensure strict monitoring and regulation. With Pres. Duterte poised to sign the Rice Tariffication Bill into law, the group said that the measure is not the solution and only covers up government’s long-time […]
August 4, 2018
Research group IBON raised concern over the current move by the House of Representatives (HOR) to lift the quantitative restrictions (QR) on rice imports and instead apply a 35% tariff on unlimited rice importation. This will practically decrease farmgate prices, said IBON, but not necessarily lower retail rice prices as government claims. Rice prices have […]