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AGRI PARTY-LIST TO GOV’T: REVIEW AGRI INFRASTRUCTURE

In light of the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit Luzon on Monday, and the magnitude 6.2 earthquake that hit the Visayas on Tuesday, AGRI Party-list has called on government to check whether critical agricultural infrastructure such as irrigation systems have been damaged and to take appropriate measures to immediately repair them if necessary. “The country […]

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RETHINK AGRI POLICY IN LIGHT OF CLIMATE CHANGE – AGRI PARTY-LIST

With Malacañang announcing that it has come up with a roadmap to mitigate the effects of El Niño and ensure stable water supply in the country, a party-list representing the agriculture sector is calling for government to rethink its agricultural policy and take into account the worsening climate change situation. “While we grapple with the […]

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DA SHOULD TAKE ACTIVE ROLE IN WATER SECURITY FOR AGRICULTURE – AGRI PARTY- LIST

As an executive order aimed at addressing the country’s water supply issues is being finalized by the government, a party-list group on Wednesday urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to take an active role in ensuring that the agriculture sector will not suffer from water shortages arising from the effects of climate change. “The current […]

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GOV’T SHOULD DO MORE TO ADDRESS GENDER INEQUALITY IN RURAL AREAS – AGRI PARTY-LIST

As the country marked International Women’s Month, a party-list group representing the agriculture sector is calling on government to do more in addressing gender inequality in rural areas and provide women in agriculture with opportunities for decent livelihood. “March is International Women’s Month—this is a good time for government to take stock of what we […]

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AGRI PARTY-LIST BACKS PRESIDENT’S ORDER FOR CONVERSION OF GOV’T LANDS TO AGRICULTURAL LANDS – MARTINEZ

The AGRI Party-list has voiced its support for Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte’s order to all agencies to identify government-owned lands that can be distributed to land reform beneficiaries. Executive Order (EO) 75, which was recently signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, directs the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to acquire all government-owned lands originally devoted to […]

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UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE TO ‘GREATLY BENEFIT’ FARMERS, FISHERFOLK –AGRI PARTY LIST

The AGRI Party-list has lauded the passage of the Universal Health Care Act, saying the law would greatly benefit marginalized sectors like farmers and fisherfolk. The law which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, automatically enrolls all Filipinos in the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP). It also expands PhilHealth coverage, which will now […]

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AGRI PARTY-LIST: RICE IMPORTATION WELCOME, BUT LOCAL AGRI SHOULD BE PRIORITIZED TOO

The AGRI Party-list has welcomed Agriculture Secretary and new National Food Authority Council (NFA) Chairperson Emmanuel Piñol’s approval of the importation of a total of 1.75 million metric tons (MT) of rice for 2018 and 2019. The move, Piñol announced, was aimed at discouraging rice hoarders and taming rice prices, which remain high despite one […]

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RETURN OF NFA TO DA WILL ENSURE BETTER COORDINATION ON RICE ISSUES – AGRI PARTY-LIST

The AGRI Party-list has welcomed the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to bring the National Food Authority (NFA) under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture (DA), saying this would ensure better coordination in tackling perennial issues on rice. The President issued Executive Order 62, which transfers the NFA, Philippine Coconut Authority, and Fertilizer and […]

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RELEASE FUNDS FOR FARMERS’ RELIEF – AGRI PARTY-LIST

A party-list representing the agriculture sector called on government to immediately release funds for the relief of farmers affected by Typhoon ‘Ompong’ which hit the country last week. “We hope that the release of calamity funds will be rushed particularly in the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Ompong like Cagayan Valley, Ilocos, and Cordillera regions,” […]

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AGRI PARTY-LIST LAUDS PIÑOL FOR EFFORTS TO CURB ZAMBO RICE CRISIS

The AGRI Party-list has lauded Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol for committing to resolve the Zamboanga rice crisis amid a barrage of criticism from various sectors over the perceived failure by government to prevent an escalation of rice prices in the region. The National Food Authority (NFA) Council on Wednesday decided to import 132,000 metric tons […]