Rappler's latest stories on rice imports
The Philippines is expected to import around 2.5 million MT of rice in 2020 and 3.3 million MT in 2021
Workshop participants create a banner, which they will unfurl at a Valentine's Day demonstration calling for the repeal of the rice tariffication law
Was rice tariffication a miscalculation by Duterte? Did he not anticipate that rice prices would plummet? Was he ill-advised by the economic team?
The President says he opted to stop the importation of rice as he could not stop rice tariffication, which was needed to 'erase corruption'
'Puwede namang sabay at hindi isa lang ang pagpipilian,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan as the government mulls transitioning 23 provinces from rice farming to raising other crops
The Bureau of Customs denies allegations that shipments of rice are undervalued
The removal of the National Food Authority from the importation process is expected to cut the time needed to process import permits
While the Philippines is known for its agricultural lands, the country continues to face recurring rice crises over the years
A Chinese-Filipino who has been in the rice business for 'maybe 20 years' may soon be named National Food Authority administrator by President Rodrigo Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte sides with Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez who pushed for lifting restrictions on rice importation and letting market forces decide rice supply
A Department of Agriculture-National Food Authority team will check rice shipments at the source, to ensure the quality of the imported grains to be sold to Filipino consumers
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol previously said the Philippines would have a rice problem if the country relied on imports to meet demand for the staple
The progressive legislators argue Filipino taxpayers deserve to know how much of their money was spent for the importation of rice infested with weevil or 'bukbok'
The proposal comes after Zamboanga City and Basilan both declared a state of calamity over rice prices reaching as high as P70 per kilo
(UPDATED) The Philippine Statistics Authority says rice inflation rose to 5% in July. The average price of regular milled rice is over P41 per kilo.
President Rodrigo Duterte also says the government will import even more rice as he does not believe the Philippines can ever be rice self-sufficient
(UPDATED) Lifting rice import quotas means cheaper rice for consumers, but may hurt Filipino farmers if they can't compete with their counterparts in countries like Vietnam
'My job is to fill our warehouse, our inventory,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, maintaining that the Philippines will ease its rice importation rules
President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Singapore
The rice tariffication bill aims to amend the present agricultural policy, which allows the National Food Authority to monopolize rice importation
The National Food Authority reopens government-to-government importation with invitations sent to the embassies of Thailand and Vietnam
National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino has pushed for government-to-government importation but Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr and the NFA Council have fiercely opposed it
'Ano pa ang hinihintay mo, 'di ba? Halatang-halata naman ngayon na kumikita ngayon ‘yung mga importer saka ‘yung mga hoarder ng bigas,' House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez tells National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino
'Ignore the [NFA] Council which is mandated by law, go ahead and make the importations,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells National Food Authority chief Jason Aquino
Jason Aquino scores a win with Duterte's recent order for immediate rice importation but the President still leaves it up to an Evasco-led council to decide on the critical details. Rappler draws up a timeline of the clash between the two.
Rappler traces important events marking conflict between the NFA Council, led by Cabinet Secretary Evasco, and NFA chief Jason Aquino, and how President Duterte has mediated between the two
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The National Food Authority Council targets the arrival of fresh rice stocks by mid-May
The importation, to be done through government-to-private method, will be used to replenish the National Food Authority's rice buffer stock for calamities or other emergencies
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It is unrealistic for public officials to expect Filipinos to expand their diet when they have nothing else – except government-supplied rice – to begin with
Will President Duterte changing his mind about rice importation mean he ll apologize for mistakenly firing Palace undersecretary Halmen Valdez?
I just voiced out my concern that eating too much rice is one of the main causes of high blood sugar that leads to diabetes Senator Cynthia Villar clarifies in a statement
UPDATED The Council also introduces changes to the government to private importation scheme to guard against corruption
Two of the President s most trusted men have a talk and make a show of friendship Does this mean the rice importation issue will be resolved soon?
The Bureau of Customs published in 2015 a notice to warn the public against transacting with retired army major Jason Aquino, one of a few dozen employees earlier accused in the media of colluding with smugglers
Neither allowing the National Food Authority to solely import rice nor stopping all rice imports is good for the Filipino consumer or the Filipino rice farmer says an economic policy think tank
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President Rodrigo Duterte tells NFA Administrator Jason Aquino who is pushing for government to government rice importation to buy from local farmers instead
The dismissed Palace undersecretary asks the President to take a second look at importation schemes proposed by NFA Administrator Jason Aquino an ex coup plotter
The National Food Authority council has decided to extend the rice importation through minimum access volume scheme from February 28 to March 31
The increase means the country s inflation rate is at its highest level since February 2015
Benign inflation will continue to support economic growth and steel the economy from external volatilities DOF Undersecretary Gil Beltran says
The September figure – the highest recorded for the year so far – is still within the central bank s forecast of 1 6 to 2 4
Local rice output is down so far and government projections that it would rise in the second half of 2016 look misguided given recent weather patterns
If the incoming Duterte administration s objective is to make food more affordable then it should go in the opposite direction and make a real change: abolish the NFA s rice monopoly
Former budget secretary Benjamin Diokno says President Benigno Aquino III s successor can make major changes to entice foreign investors
This is not the first time someone has claimed to be the administrator of the National Food Authority
NFA findings show that the presence of chemicals in the rice samples could not be attributed to mishandling during delivery
Capital and consumer goods remain afloat despite the year on year decline the National Economic and Development Authority says