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NFA to ramp up palay buying

The National Food Authority will intensify its palay (unhusked rice) procurement as the harvest season commences to ensure stable prices and income for local farmers......»»

Category: financeSource: philstar philstarSep 28th, 2020

NFA Lanao del Sur buys palay at P19 per kilo

MARAWI CITY, Oct. 22 (PIA) - The National Food Authority (NFA) in Lanao del Sur said it is buying palay from local farmers at P19 per kilo amid its plunging prices.Khayamera Dialem, NFA Lana.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

NFA Lanao del Sur buys palay at P19 per kilo

MARAWI CITY, Oct. 22 (PIA) - The National Food Authority (NFA) in Lanao del Sur said it is buying palay from local farmers at P19 per kilo amid its plunging prices.Khayamera Dialem, NFA Lana.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Christmas 2020 for workers and farmers

HOTSPOT Tonyo Cruz Two things workers are looking forward to at the end of each year are the 13th month pay and the Christmas bonus. And it seems about two million workers may not get any 13th month pay at all, if the Duterte government would have its way. The reason? Because of the pandemic. In reaction, Kilusang Mayo Uno chairperson Elmer Labog  issued his shortest statement yet this year, unable to hide labor’s frustration: “It is the government’s responsibility to bail out MSMEs in times of emergencies.” Indeed, it is the state’s obligation to support and prop up micro, small and medium-scale enterprises especially now in the time of pandemic. By saying MSMEs could dispense with the 13th month pay, the government is practically passing on its responsibility to MSMEs. Workers continue to give their share through the cheap, underpaid and overstressed labor power that makes sure MSMEs continue to function and perform their role as main engines of the economy. The government must do its job: Bail out the MSMEs. It is quite surprising that the Duterte government seems disinterested in bailing out MSMEs, considering the avalanche of news about the borrowings here and there. According to Sonny Africa, executive director of the think-tank Ibon Foundation, the borrowings has reached a historic high: “It took 118 years for the country’s debt to reach P6.1-trillion in 2016. President Duterte is taking just six years to more than than double that to P13.7-trillion in 2022.” Again, the reason for the borrowing has been “because of the pandemic.” Regardless of where the money goes, and whether or not MSMEs and workers received only a drop from it, they would pay the entire debt through more and higher taxes for years to come. Workers are not asking for something they have not earned through hard work. They earned that 13th month pay. It is not an optional thing. It is part of the law. The pandemic should oblige the state to bail out our MSMEs to enable them to fully function, and to give the workers’ their due under the law. Workers have given and lost a lot because of the pandemic. Workers have not asked for free rides to work, but the government fails to provide adequate and safe mass transport. Workers have asked for free mass testing in their companies and communities, but the government has other ideas. Workers and their families would have fared better with unemployment benefits amid the dismal pandemic response of government, but it seems the same government wishes to push them instead to pawnshops and loan sharks. We haven’t even factored in the laid-off, underemployed and unemployed workers, as well as the undetermined number of overseas Filipino healthcare workers stranded in the country since April. They all don’t wish to be “patay-gutom” and “pala-asa”.  They don’t wish to stay unemployed and be dependent on aid. They are ready to work and earn their keep. But since the president made policy decisions affecting their ability to obtain work, it is the government’s obligation to bail them out as well. The situation of our nation’s farmers is no different. For instance, rice farmers continue to produce our national staple. The pandemic made even worse the effects on them of the combined power of policies such as rice tarrification, the stranglehold of Big Landlords, the vast influence of rice cartels, and the continued operation of illegal rice importers. Price monitoring by Bantay Bigas and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas reveals the outrageously low palay prices nationwide, which means ruin to our nation’s rice farmers: Negros Occidental and Bicol region P10; Capiz P10-P11; Caraga P11; Tarlac P11-12; Ilocos Sur and Nueva Ecija P11-13; Camarines Sur P11.50-14; Bulacan and Mindoro P12; Isabela P12-P13.50; Pangasinan P12-P12.30; Antique P12.50; Agusan del Sur P13; Davao de Oro P13.14; Davao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and South Cotabato P13.50; North Cotabato P14; and Lanao del Norte P15. If you look at it, plantitos and plantitas today pay 20 to 50 times more for ornamental plants, compared to the prices traders and the NFA offer to our farmers. According to Bantay Bigas and KMP, the government procures way less than 20 percent of the produce of rice farmers.  And then we hear that the NFA would rather import rice from other countries, at pandemic-affected prices at that. Without any state intervention, by way of NFA buying rice farmers’ produce at P20 per kilo, and providing loans to farmers, there could be worse rural poverty in the coming months and years. Between our workers and farmers, their families have been made to sacrifice a lot since March, with prices of basic goods spiking, with new and higher expenses arising from online classes for the children. There cannot be no aid for them.  Neither should workers and farmers shoulder the burden of the failure or refusal of government to provide funding for bailouts sorely needed by MSMEs, and be forced to accept new national debts to pay for policies such as rice tarrification and importation. The government knows the scale of the problem. The Department of Labor and Employment says 13,127 companies have either laid off workers or permanently closed. The response cannot be “pass the burden to workers”. The answer should be: “the state must do everything to rescue the companies and the workers.” OFWs across the world should be familiar with bailouts and economic protections because of the pandemic. Many countries that host OFWs enacted huge bailouts and stimulus to their economies, partly so that migrant labor could continue to be employed. They enjoy health insurance, and special COVID19 coverage. Governments handed out checks to both citizens and companies. Is it too much to ask that the same be done in our own country? Or do Filipinos have to go abroad to experience such social and economic protections?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

NFA allots P10-B to prop up buying of palay

DAGUPAN CITY, Oct. 9 (PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the National Food Authority (NFA), has allotted P10-billion to prop up the buying of palay from farmers' groups and associa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

DA asked to probe low price of palay

The Department of Agriculture should look into the reported low buying price of palay, with farmers taking to social media to gripe that a newly harvested kilo is being bought at P12, “which is lower than the price of a face mask,” Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 28th, 2020

DavNor to engage in palay-buying

DAVAO DEL NORTE (PIA) - The purchase of palay produce from local rice farmers is one of the agri-venture priorities of the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte.Addressing the first Monda.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 8th, 2020

DavNor to engage in palay-buying

DAVAO DEL NORTE (PIA) - The purchase of palay produce from local rice farmers is one of the agri-venture priorities of the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte.Addressing the first Monda.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 8th, 2020

P31 billion for 4Ps to be used for palay buying

The House of Representatives and the Senate have authorized the use of P31.046 billion in funds for millions of beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps to be used for palay buying next year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 29th, 2019

Congress cuts palay-buying fund by P3 billion

There will be less money to buy the rice farmers’ palay produce next year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 13th, 2019

Senate cuts palay-buying fund by P3 billion

The Senate has cut the palay procurement fund by P3 billion in its version of the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for next year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 1st, 2019
Category: newsSource:  manila_shimbunRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2019

House Oks use of P10 billion for palay buying

The House of Representatives yesterday approved a joint resolution allowing the use of nearly P10 billion in additional funds this year for palay buying to prop up the price of the produce of millions of rice farmers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 6th, 2019

Google buying Fitbit in move into wearables, digital health

Google agreed Friday to buy Fitbit for $2.1 billion in a move giving the US tech giant a fresh entry in the wearable technology space and helping it ramp up its challenge to Apple. The deal for one of the top makers of fitness trackers comes with the internet search leader seeking to expand further […] The post Google buying Fitbit in move into wearables, digital health appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2019

NFA Ilocos Norte opens 3 leased warehouses as buying stations

LAOAG CITY, Oct. 31 (PIA) -- The National Food Authority (NFA) in Ilocos Norte taps three (3) private warehouses to serve as "buying stations" of palay in the province.These warehouses are l.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 31st, 2019

Landbank lends P2 billion to Isabela for palay buying

Government-owned Land Bank of the Philippines is allocating P2 billion for Isabela to directly buy palay (unhusked rice) from farmers as part of efforts to address declining farmgate prices due to the opening of the market to imports......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 24th, 2019

Capiz NFA exceeds palay buying target

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Oct. 7 (PIA) -- More farmers opted to sell their palay produce to the National Food Authority (NFA).This after the NFA here has surpassed its palay procurement target by m.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 8th, 2019

Groups ask DA for higher palay buying price, better terms for rice farmers

Farmers groups on Tuesday urged the Department of Agriculture help poor and small-scale tillers by raising the buying price of palay and to make it easier for them to sell their harvest......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 1st, 2019

House allots P10 billion for palay buying

The House of Representatives has allocated P10 billion for palay procurement to prop up the price for the produce of more than two million rice farmers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2019

NFA hikes buying price of palay

DAGUPAN CITY, Sept. 18 (PIA) - The National Food Authority (NFA) increased the buying price for palay or unmilled rice to P19 per kilogram (kg) from P17, while also removing add-on incentive paymen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 19th, 2019

NFA hikes buying price of palay

DAGUPAN CITY, Sept. 18 (PIA) - The National Food Authority (NFA) increased the buying price for palay or unmilled rice to P19 per kilogram (kg) from P17, while also removing add-on incentive paymen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 19th, 2019