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?
October 29, 2018
The government’s accelerated move to impose rice tariffs and lift quantitative restrictions on rice imports is touted to ease inflation. It comes with a heavy price in the long-term, however, as it puts in peril the livelihood of millions of Filipino rice farmers. Amid runaway inflation triggered by its regressive tax reform program, the Duterte […]
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 […]