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81 Agricultural Free Patents distributed in Mainit, Surigao del Norte

June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017 Eighty-one (81) residents of Mainit, Surigao del Norte (SDN) received their land titles during a title distribution event in the province last May 30. Agricultural Free Patents were distributed by officers from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and Registry of Deeds (ROD) present in the event. As part of […]

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Agricultural Free Patent Reform Act Approved on Second Reading

May 26, 2017

    May 24 2017 – The Senate approved on second reading the bill seeking to remove restrictions on Agricultural Free Patents authored by Senators Richard Gordon, Paolo Benigno Aquino, and Cynthia Villar. Senate Bill No. 1454 under Committee Report No. 79, was sponsored by Justice and Human Rights Chairman Senator Richard Gordon on May […]

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NDF demands free land for farmers; alarm raised

May 23, 2017

May 20, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – The Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) has expressed alarm over the Duterte administration’s alleged  inclination to give in to the National Democratic Front (NDF)’s demand of free land for farmers as part of the peace talks, saying this is not a solution to poverty. The government peace panel and […]

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Free land no cure for PH rural poverty – economists

May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017 A group of prominent economists warned against a “populist” move to distribute free land to farmers, arguing that this will neither boost agricultural productivity nor end rural poverty. The Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) – an advocacy group for good economic governance and market-friendly reforms – issued on Friday a statement reacting […]

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Think tank lauds Duterte order allowing private sector rice imports

May 15, 2017

May 11, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – The Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) lauded yesterday President Duterte’s decision to allow the private sector to import rice and abolish the National Food Authority’s (NFA) legal monopoly on rice importation. “We believe that removing NFA’s rice importation monopoly is the right step to prevent more financial losses of […]

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Senator Richard Gordon keen on removing restrictions in the rural land market

May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017 – In yesterday’s joint hearing of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights and Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Senator Richard Gordon tackled the proposed bill to remove restrictions on agricultural free patents as provided in the 1936 Public Land Act or Commonwealth Act No. 141. These restrictions have been recognized to […]

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Rice prices to rise if imports stopped: ex-economic managers

April 17, 2017

April 12, 2017 MANILA – Rice prices could go up if government bans imports of the staple grain, a trade advocacy group composed of former economic managers said. The Foundation for Economic Freedom also urged President Rodrigo Duterte to liberalize the rice trade by removing the “monopoly” of the National Food Authority on imports. The […]

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Rice shortage, price hike loom – FEF

April 17, 2017

April 13, 2017 Due To Rice Import Suspension MANILA, Philippines – The Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) is warning of “significant shortages” and “increased rice prices” in the country following President Duterte’s recent order to suspend rice importation. In a statement issued yesterday, the FEF called on President Duterte to reverse his decision to stop […]

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Stopping rice importation ‘dangerous,’ says public advocacy group

April 17, 2017

April 12, 2017 MANILA – A public advocacy organization is calling on the Duterte administration to rethink its rice importation policy, describing it as “dangerous.” In a statement, the Foundation for Economic Freedom said stopping all rice importation may lead to shortages and increased rice prices. “We believe that neither policy allowing the National Food […]

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Ditch rice policy, gov’t urged

April 17, 2017

April 13, 2017 The government’s policy on rice continues to be stuck on self-sufficiency and a conflicted practice on importation despite recommendations from local economic experts from the government, private sector and the academe as well as international bodies to ditch what is described as “not practical.” “Rice self-sufficiency is neither a desirable nor a practical […]

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