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Philippine agriculture inadequately addressed in Asean

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At the April 10 Asean Economic Community (AEC) Forum, Alyansa Agrikultura leaders felt that the government needed to give more attention to Philippine agriculture.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Mayors play big role in raising farmer incomes

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Mayors, not the Department of Agriculture (DA), are primarily responsible for raising farmer incomes.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Gov’t urged to take into account incomes of farmers, fishers

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For inclusive growth to make sense, one needs to take into account the incomes of farmer and fisherfolk, apart from production (or “gross value added”), which is the basis of traditional measurement.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Prevention better than cure

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Unlike the reported pork barrel scam involving government officials and media personalities, smuggling has received little or no attention.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Roadmaps and budgets

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Growth Targets for Agriculture

Last March 14, members of the budget committee of the public-private sector National Agriculture and Fisheries Council (NAFC) met to discuss the proposed Department of Agriculture (DA) budget for 2015.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Women power unleashed

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March is Women’s Month and this is a good time to think about how far women have progressed in the Philippines, resulting in much good for our nation.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Inclusive agriculture

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Ironically, despite our high economic growth, unemployment and poverty is still on the rise. The solution to that is inclusive growth.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Accountability and P200-B smuggling loss

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In President Aquino’s last Sona message, he said the government was losing P200 billion due to smuggling. The table below shows this was not always the case. In 2004, the government lost only P26.6 billion, which dropped to P19.4 billion in 2005. From 2006 onward, it rose steadily hitting P204.3 billion in 2012.

Posted: February 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Wrong policy

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On Feb. 7, Alyansa Agrikultura and R1 (Rice Watch Action Network) had a press briefing on the rice smuggling issue.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Smuggling not limited to rice

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Lately, there has been much publicity about rice smuggling. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. The expansion of smuggling is not limited to agricultural products, which constitute only 12 percent of our imports.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Rice smuggling, WTO and Philippine law

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At the hearing on rice smuggling at the Senate last Jan. 22, some senators stated that whether rice smuggling exists or not depends on whether we will follow Philippine Law or the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Releasing smuggled rice to smugglers

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Which has the higher priority—the alleged Napoles scam that has been estimated to cost the government P10 billion in 10 years, or smuggling, which is 200 times the amount involved in the scam?

Posted: January 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

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