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USE P203B MARCOS ESTATE TAX TO FEED 60M PINOYS

A presidential aspirant who grew up poor and hungry in the streets of Tondo has urged the government to collect the P203 billion estate tax owed by the family of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos, funds that can be used to provide close to 60 million Filipinos with a year’s supply of free rice. Speaking to […]

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ENOUGH FOOD IN PH TO LAST BEYOND NEXT 3 MOS – DA

As the government imposes stricter movement, particularly in “Alert Level 3″ areas to prevent and reduce COVID-19 infections, Agriculture Secretary William Dar appealed anew to consumers to avoid panic-buying, assuring that the country has enough food supply. “Buying more food than what we require deprives others, thus causing an artificial shortage and price spikes,” Dar […]

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DAVAO CITY TRAFFIC ENFORCERS GET RICE, CASH AID

Despite being in the hospital due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), First District Representative Paolo Duterte made sure sacks of rice and cash assistance were given out to all traffic enforcers in Davao City. The lawmaker’s office said around 948 pieces of 10 kilograms of rice and cash assistance were distributed to the City […]

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KEEP PORK, RICE PRICES AFFORDABLE – POE

Senator Grace Poe urged the government’s economic team to “walk the talk” and ensure that prices of pork and rice are kept affordable for ordinary citizens after it recommended tariff cuts that could also spell lost revenue. “Our people expect the government’s economic team to live up to their avowed tenet of fiscal responsibility by […]

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ISABELA FARMERS AVOID BANKRUPTCY WITH ‘SAGIP SAKA’

As Isabela rice farmers struggle with the twin effects of the Rice Tariffication Law and the COVID-19 pandemic, an Isabela-based cooperative avoided bankruptcy and even posted higher earnings due to the direct buying of rice by local government units (LGUs). In an online consultation with farmers in Isabela, Senator Kiko Pangilinan recognized the efforts of […]

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TARANGNAN BARTERS PLASTIC WASTE FOR RICE – TAN

The local government units of Tarangnan, Samar, and Carigara, Leyte are encouraging their respective residents to participate in a program to collect solid waste and have these exchanged for food items. In Tarangnan town, Mayor Arnel Tan said that residents are entitled to 2 kilograms of rice and several canned goods for every kilo of shredded […]

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TABOSO LEARNERS GET RICE FOR FINISHING MODULES

Some learners in Negros Occidental are receiving incentives, such as rice and vegetables, for completing their self-learning modules (SLMs), a way to ensure that they are nourished while “going to school” amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. In northern Negros, the Sagay City Eco-Zone National High School has initiated an innovative program called “Module Mo, […]

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CAMSUR COOP SETS EXAMPLE AS TEMPLATE OF NEW NORMAL

Direct government purchase of rice and other agricultural produce should be the template for new normal in agriculture, said Senator Kiko Pangilinan. This is following the success story of the Camarines Sur Multi-Purpose Cooperative that reported, during the pandemic, an almost nine-fold increase in year-on-year sales from 2019 to 2020 due to the direct purchase of […]

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DA ALLOTS P230-M FOR RICE-CORN PROJECT OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES – DAR

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is supporting the “BigMa” (Bigas-Mais) rice-corn blending initiative of listed firm AgriNurture, Inc. (ANI) and groups of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Mindanao to devote vast tracts of idle land for planting white corn as an alternative to reduce dependence on imported rice.  In a virtual press conference, Agriculture Secretary William […]

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PRICE CONTROL ON AGRI PRODUCTS EXTENDED – DAR

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has extended the imposition of the suggested retail price (SRP) for basic agriculture and fishery products to protect consumers against price irregularities in local markets amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon. In a new administrative circular signed by Agriculture Secretary William Dar, a price freeze for rice and other […]