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From food security to productivity growth: OECD urges shift in Philippine agri policy

June 3, 2016

June 3, 2016   MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines should abandon food security as a primary agriculture policy and instead focus on boosting production and climate change adaptation, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said. An OECD team is in town as part of a continuing analysis, which started last year, the country’s […]

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Duterte urged: Remove NFA monopoly in rice trade

May 23, 2016

May 23, 2016   A GROUP of prominent economists has called on incoming President Rodrigo R. Duterte to scrap the present policy of allowing the National Food Authority (NFA) to monopolize the importation of rice, urging instead the liberalization of the process as a means of making food more affordable to the poor. The Foundation […]

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Food on the table

February 17, 2016

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) February 17, 2016   There are many urgent reasons why agriculture has to be a major priority of the next administration. Most of our people are in it and are poor. We cannot hope to deal with our poverty problem without addressing agricultural concerns. To be […]

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Simplify, simplify, simplify

December 10, 2015

Like It Is by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) December 10, 2015   I wonder if anyone reads my columns. In “Give the consumer a break” (11/12/15), I pointed out that consumers pay double what they should for rice because of the National Food Authority and a foolish policy of self-sufficiency in a market where […]

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Give the consumer a break

November 13, 2015

Like It Is by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) November 12, 2015   We all agree that Philippine agriculture is in poor shape. I trace this to lack of irrigation, lack of roads, insufficient research and development (R&D) spending, lack of productive seeds, excessive intrusion by middle men, antiquated machinery, (you don’t dry palay on […]

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Who will plant our rice?

July 6, 2015

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) July 6, 2015   Our politicians keep on talking about the need for food security to justify the failed policy of subsidizing NFA. Now, NFA’s total debts are more than our national defense budget. Our rice policy that favors traders with government connections has also resulted […]

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Afraid of a fresh start?

April 6, 2015

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) April 6, 2015   Easter is about a fresh start. The sins and omissions of the past are of the past and the time has come for change in the hope of better outcomes. In the temperate countries, Easter happens in Spring and Mother Nature celebrates […]

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Ombudsman should probe SUV discount

October 3, 2014

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) October 3, 2014   The amount is big enough to be scandalous. It is also a violation of a public official’s code of conduct. PNP chief Alan Purisima admitted he bought in 2013 a brand new luxury sports utility vehicle (SUV), a 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser […]

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Not for the faint of heart

October 1, 2014

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) October 1, 2014   Public service is not for the faint of heart. Good intentions alone will not guarantee success or longevity on the job. Arthur Juan, a retired San Miguel executive, found this out the hard way. So did his young assistant, a lawyer who […]

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