Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mar Roxas offers advice to President Duterte on how to address rice problem





(File photo) Liberal Party's Mar Roxas II and Presidential Rodrigo Duterte (photo from CNN PH)


Mar Roxas, Liberal Party member, has offered an unsolicited advice to President Rodrigo Duterte on how to improve the pressing concerns on rice supply in the country.

In a Facebook post, Roxas wrote an open letter addressed to the president, saying that there’s should be a massive and immediate rice supply to bring down its prices.

Roxas suggested three main courses of actions on how to increase rice supply; Instruct that Minimum Access Volume be increased to 1.5 million metric tons; Remove the usual bs imposed by NFA so as to allow any and all in the private sector to import rice; and Proactively ask Jollibee, McDo, Mang Inasal, SM, grocery, and supermarket chains, and all large users to independently source and import their own needs.

Mar Roxas’ complete Facebook reads:

Dear President Duterte:

Matindi ang problema ng P50+/kg na bigas, at magiging mas matindi pa ito dahil sa damage ni Ompong.

Magkaiba paningin natin sa maraming bagay pero sa tingin ko lahat ng Pilipino gustong malutas ang problemang ito. 

Kaya time out muna.

Please consider:

Only a massive and immediate additional supply of rice can bring down prices to affordable levels.

1. Instruct that Minimum Access Volume be increased to 1.5 million metric tons.

2. Remove the usual bs imposed by NFA so as to allow any and all in the private sector to import rice

3. Proactively ask Jollibee, McDo, Mang Inasal, SM, grocery, and supermarket chains, and all large users to independently source and import their own needs para di na sila makihati pa sa national stockpile.

In the short term this will: 

a) provide a definite physical buffer
b) put a definite timeframe for when supply tightness will end
c) induce hoarders to release their stocks bago maiipit sila

Meanwhile, to ease the farmers’ plight, also consider adding all farmer families to the CCT program.

Medium term, additional steps include:

1. Repeal TRAIN as it pertains to fuel and other basic commodities
2. Promote industrialized farming so we increase capital investment (capex, technology, economies of scale) in agriculture.

warehouses in Marilao Bulacan on Tuesday, September 11, were raided by Customs operatives and members of the Philippine National Police / Image grabbed from PNA


 Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Food Authority (NFA) launched the first joint operation against rice hoarding by raiding a row of warehouses in Marilao, Bulacan Friday night (August 31)




Source: Mar Roxas