Paglalagay ng SRP sa bigas, pinag-aaralan na ng DTI

admin   •   July 2, 2014   •   16615

Bigas na tinitinda sa isang pamilihan (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Hinihintay na lamang ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ang approval ni Pangulong Aquino sa paglalagay ng suggested retail price sa bigas.

Ayon sa DTI, ito ang magsisilbing gabay ng mga nagtitida at mamimili kung magkano ang dapat na presyo ng bigas.

Suportado rin ito ni Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (PAFSAM) Sec. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.

“Ang maganda po kasi sa SRP, particularly for agricultural product, it works as a guide to everybody supply chain from manufacturers down to retailers”, pahayag ni DTI Usec. Victorio Dimagiba.

“Makakatulong ito para mabalanse pa natin yung interes ng consumer at yung ating mga retailers & traders”, ani PAFSAM Sec. Pangilinan.

Ngunit kung si Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares ang tatanungin, mas makabubuti ang pagtatakda ng price ceiling dahil may kamay ito para parusahan ang mga nagsasamantala.

“Ang kinaiba lang ng price ceiling at ng SRP, dito sa price ceiling kapag umakyat ka sa price ceiling, kulong ka. May kaso ka whereas pag akyat mo sa SRP imbestigahan ka lang.”

Hindi naman naniniwala ang mambabatas na lean months o panahon ng anihan ang dahilan kaya’t mataas ang presyo ng bigas dahil base sa nakuha nitong record mula sa Department of Agriculture, sapat pa ang supply ng bigas.

Maging ang DTI ay hindi rin kumbinsido sa dahilang ito.

“When they use lean months, we also challenge that kasi yung lean months, padating palang yun. Hindi pwedeng gamitin iyan. Magagamit yun after the lean months”, paliwanag ni Dimagiba.

“Tumaas ang production, tumaas ang inventory so may supply. Kaya I tend to believe, yung analysis of other that there’s rice manipulation, may nagho-hoard despite na presence of supply”, ani Colmenares.

Nangangamba ang kongresista na kung hindi makokontrol ng gobyerno ang pagtaas ng presyo ng bigas ay aakyat pa ito sa mahigit ₱50 per kilo lalo na kung matuloy ang El Niño phenomenon.

Samantala, plano namang bilhin ng NFA ang may 50k mt na smuggled rice. Nakumpiska ito ng BOC mahigit sa 10 buwan na ang nakararaan lulan ng mahigit sa 2 libong container van.

“Sa halip na ibang bansa ang makikinabang sa pagbili ng bigas ay bilhin nalng natin sa ating sariling ahensya”, saad ni Pangilinan. (Rey Pelayo, UNTV News)

DOF orders BOC to heighten security vs pork smuggling

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Finance (DOF) has ordered the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to heighten its security against pork smuggling .

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III wants a tighter watch over the possible misdeclaration or misclassification of pork shipments entering the country.

The order was issued after President Duterte approved in principle the recommendation of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to expand the minimum access volume (MAV) allocation for pork imports.

Dominguez said some importers may misdeclare their pork shipments to avoid paying higher import duties. The current tariff on pork within the MAV is at 30 percent, while off-quota imports are taxed a higher 40 percent. 

“Edible offal (entrails) of bovine animals, such as swine, sheep and goats are taxed much lower, which some importers may declare [for their] prime pork shipments to avoid paying higher import duties,” the DOF said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero assured that the bureau has been closely monitoring the imports of meat products, including pork and chicken. AAC

Hontiveros urges DA to focus on ramping up efforts vs ASF instead of price caps

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Risa Hontiveros has urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to focus its efforts on preventing the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) instead of imposing price ceilings.

“The government should instead channel its efforts to bring credibility to testing, reporting, and responding to local outbreaks, among others. Hindi na nakakatulong ang ipinataw nilang price control (imposing price control is not helping), so let’s look deeper than the surface,” the senator said.

Hontiveros noted that the DA is already boosting local hog supply by distributing mother pigs and feeds to ASF-cleared areas, however, hog raisers still fear subsequent waves of infection.

Instead of repopulation plans, Hontiveros said the DA should also teach hog raisers preventive measures to protect livestock from ASF. She added that the price cap is making it almost impossible for vendors to recover from the “twindemic” of COVID-19 and ASF.

“Nakararanas tayo ng ‘Twindemic’ —pandemya ng COVID-19 at epidemya ng ASF. Kambal din ang dagok sa ating magbababoy na nalubog pa dahil sa itinakdang price ceiling (We are experiencing a ‘Twindemic’—COVID-19 pandemic and the ASF epidemic. Our hog raisers are also experiencing twin challenges due to the price ceiling),” the senator said.

Hontiveros also proposed to revoke the imposed price ceiling to help affected producers and retailers recover from their losses.

“Dumadaing na ang ating producers at retailers. Ilang eksperto na ang tumutol sa pagpapatupad ng price ceiling. Bawiin na sana ito para makabawi naman sa lugi ang ating mga kababayan (Our producers and retailers are complaining. Several experts have already expressed opposition to implementation of a price ceiling. It should be revoked for the sake of our fellowmen),” she added. AAC 

P13-M worth of smuggled cigarettes, medicines seized in Parañaque ops – BOC

Robie de Guzman   •   February 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported it has apprehended smuggled cigarettes and medicines worth P13 million in a series of operations recently launched in Parañaque City.

The BOC said the items, allegedly smuggled from China, were confiscated in separate operations in two storage facilities located in Tambo last February 16 and 19.

The first operation yielded an estimated value of P4 Million while the subsequent operation yielded an estimated P9 Million worth of cigarettes and medicines which are suspected to be used to treat COVID-19, the bureau added.

The BOC said operations were launched by operatives from its Manila International Container Ports (MICP) Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Enforcement and Security Service, in coordination with the Philippine Coast Guard and the National Bureau of Investigation.

“Further investigation is underway to determine those responsible for the storage facility,” the agency said in a statement.

Charges for violation of section 1400 of Republic Act 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act may be filed against those behind the smuggled items, the BOC said.

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