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

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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)

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34 of 400 samples of pork products tested positive of African Swine Fever – BAI

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

Boxes of pork items from Poland intercepted in Cebu on June 27 | Courtesy: BAI

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has intercepted a number of pork products from Hong Kong and China at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in between June 19 to 28.

The items didn’t have sanitary and phytosanitary clearances from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and could have been infested by the deadly pig virus African Swine Fever (ASF).

China is one of the 19 countries from where entry of pork and pork-based products are banned.

From a total of 400 samples that BAI examined, 34 tested positive of ASF and these products could have caused infestation in the country’s hog industry if they were not intercepted.

Germany was the latest addition to the list of countries where entry of pork products to the Philippines was banned.

Though there were no reports yet of ASF-infestation in Germany, the Philippines included it in the list after a German company exported pork products to the Philippines along with some 250 kilograms of pork from ASF-hit Poland.

The said shipment was intercepted in Cebu on June 27 which included 27 boxes of pork items from Poland.

That incident, according to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, was a clear violation of the country’s Quarantine Law thus resulting in the ban of pork products from Germany.

“Nakikiusap ako.(‘Im appealing to you) Please understand, these are extraordinary times. We cannot take the risk,” Secretary Piñol said.

“Kasi tingnan mo, Germany napaka-respectable na bansa nyan. It’s export country known for its high standards, nasingitan tayo, (You see Germany is a highly respected country. It’s exports are known for its high standards but some banned (pork) slip past their screening,)” he explained.

Piñol stressed that ASF infestation would compromise the country’s P260-B worth of hog industry.

Some of the Philippines’ neighboring countries have already declared an outbreak of ASF such as Vietnam and Cambodia.

In May, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked store owners to self-recall pork products from China that covers those manufactured since the start of the import ban.

Still, Piñol assures the Philippines’ hog industry remains ASF free. – with reports from Rey Pelayo

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Customs personnel tagged in corruption to face admin raps before Ombudsman – Palace

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte meets the relieved employees of the Bureau of Customs in Malacañang on July 18, 2019. | Courtesy: Sen. Bong Go

MANILA, Philippines – Officials and employees of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) tagged in corruption allegations will face administrative charges before the Office of the Ombudsman, Malacañang said on Friday.

“Administrative charges over allegations of corrupt practices in office will be filed against them before the Office of the Ombudsman, unless they opt to resign, and the prosecutors will ask for their immediate suspension,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

On Thursday night, President Rodrigo Duterte met with dozens of customs personnel in Malacañang.

Panelo said Duterte told them they will be given their day in court as part of the due process.

“The President has been forthright in telling these customs officials and employees that corruption has no place under his watch,” Panelo said.

“PRRD [President Rodrigo Roa Duterte] assured them that he would not begrudge them if they would avail of legal remedies to question their removal from office,” he added.

The president, Panelo said, “thanked them for accepting his invitation to meet him in Malacañang, which according to him, showed they still have respect for him.”

While waiting for the formal filing of charges, the said customs officials will be “in floating status without authority to act on official matters.”

The chief executive earlier ordered for the freezing of several high-ranking customs officials who were accused of corrupt practices in office.

READ: Duterte orders freezing of several Customs officials, employees

“Let this serve as a reminder to all those officials or employees in the government that they cannot escape liability or accountability for their acts of corruption under the Duterte administration,” Panelo said. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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DTI aims for ‘Smarter Entrepreneurs’ for Phl

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Several business entrepreneurs on Tuesday (July 16) have joined the National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Summit conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

The summit aims to help small entrepreneurs on their businesses and to be “Smarter Entrepreneurs”.

The latest record of the DTI shows that the country has produced more than 900,000 MSMEs which have provided jobs to up to five million Filipinos.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s common-law wife Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña graced the event and reminisced the time when she was still a struggling businesswoman.

“I’ve been with a donut company — franchisee of a donut company for almost 22 years. Kahit na ho pakonti-konti ‘yan [Even though it was just small], 22 years (have) provided you of, you know, a decent living. Mabili mo ‘yung gusto ng anak mo. Makapaglagay ka ng pagkain sa lamesa sa pamilya mo [You can buy what your child wants. You can put food on the table for your family],” Avanceña recalled.

 “I don’t have to call my husband: ‘OK, can I buy this?’,” she added.

Meanwhile, the DTI hopes that the implementation of Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business Act will help boost the small entrepreneurs in the country.

The President signed the law last year with the aim of curbing red tape in the bureaucracy.

Under the law, simple business applications must be processed within three days. A complex business application must be completed in seven days, while applications which are rather technical should only take 20-days processing time.

The law’s Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) is expected to be signed in the very near future.

DTI chief, Sec. Ramon Lopez, has also urged the public to report to the anti-red tape authority any government personnel who will violate the said law.

“Assured ‘yung mga kababayan natin na matatakbuhan sila kapag nade-delay ‘yung mga application nila. So, pwede silang mag-complain [Our countrymen are assured that they have someone to go to when there is a delay on their application. They can file a complaint],” said Lopez.

The agency is also mulling over coming up with a “One Step” Business Registration to ease the processing of applications for a license to operate.  (with reports from Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

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