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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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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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Rice is what we make of it

October 3, 2016

September 30, 2016   If there is ever a product that most profoundly shaped Philippine politics, economic policy, and international trade, rice (along with sugar) would have to be it. Yet most policy initiatives dealing with rice are sadly defensive. Such, despite the fact, that most Filipinos implicitly profess heavy emotional investment in that little […]

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Think tank backs removal of rice import restrictions

September 16, 2016

September 11, 2016   Lower prices, hunger reduction MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos are seen benefitting from the planned lifting of the restrictions on the importation of rice through lower prices, reduction in hunger and lower inflation, Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) said. The think tank, which is focused on market-oriented reforms, well-defined and secure property […]

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Group backs move to relax rice imports

September 16, 2016

September 12, 2016 A GROUP of prominent economists has hailed the Duterte administration’s plan to liberalize rice importation in the country through the removal of limits on the volume of the staple that can be brought into the country. In a statement on Friday, the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF)—an organization dedicated to market-oriented reforms, […]

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Figures that would make you want to cry

July 18, 2016

LIKE IT IS by Peter Wallace (Philippine Daily Inquirer) July 14, 2016   Look at these numbers: Rice yield in the Philippines is 3.9 metric tons per hectare; in Vietnam it’s 5.6 mt/ha. For corn, it’s 2.9 vs. 4.4; coconut 4.3 vs. 9.7; sugarcane 5.8 vs. 6.5; coffee 0.34 vs. 2.5; cassava 10.9 vs. 17.9. […]

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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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Banaue rice terraces, the ‘heirloom rice’ project, and community development in the Cordilleras

May 6, 2015

Crossroads (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) by Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) May 6, 2015   How do we interrelate the safekeeping of the works of famed painter – Vicente Manansala the National Artist – with the continued survival of our unique rice terraces as living monuments of mountain rice growing? Philippine art, […]

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