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Philippine Competition Commission studies rice issues, warns traders vs manipulating rice prices

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018


Prices of rice

MANILA, Philippines — One of the sectors that the Philippine Competition Council (PCC) is focusing on is agriculture, including the movement of rice prices.

The National Food Authority (NFA) already admitted that the stock of NFA rice has been depleted, but the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Office of the President are both resolute that there is no shortage of rice in the country.

PCC was created in 2015 and its primary mandate is to ensure that there is a competition in the market.

“Tinitingnan namin yung production, tinitingnan naming yung distribution at saka paano siya nakakaapekto sa merkado (We are looking at production, distribution and how these affect the market),” said PCC enforcement office director Atty. Orlando Polinar.

The PCC has warned businessmen against manipulating the supply and price of rice.

Polinar said they may face a million peso fine for the first offense with five to seven years imprisonment.

“Bawal na mag-uusap na mag-fix ng price. Bawal na mag-uusap para i-manipulate ang bidding. Bawal sa mga competitors na mag manipulate ng supply,” said the Polinar.

(It is illegal to discuss the fixing of prices. It is illegal to discuss the manipulation of the bidding process. Competitors are not allowed to manipulate supply.)

Meanwhile, the National Food Authority (NFA) is now drafting measures on how to beef up their buffer stock.

One of which is by way of encouraging rice farmers to sell their products to the agency.

The NFA Council earlier announced that the government-to-private mode of procurement will be used for the importation of 250,000 metric tons of NFA rice which will arrive in the country in two to three months time.

“Anytime na may nagbebentang farmer tinatanggap yun (Anytime there is a farmer willing to sell, it is accepted),” said NFA spokesperson Rebecca Olarte.

NFA assured that they still have enough supply of rice for relief operations in the country. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Malacañang-PSC crushes NHA; enters UNTV Cup 6 Finals

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Malacañang-PSC Kamao’s #11 Visnu Das Javier, the hailed Best Player of the Game, goes for a layup on February 18, 2018, at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City. After beating the Builders, and booking a finals slot, the Kamao’s chosen charity, children with cancer at PCMC, are assured already of receiving not less than the 2nd highest prize in case of team’s loss to Senate Defenders in the UNTV Cup Season 6 Finals. Champion gets P4-M, 1st runner-up P2-M, 2nd runner-up – P1-M and 3rd runner-up P500,000. (Fred Alvior/Photoville International)

After two attempts – the first in Season 3 against the Judiciary Magis and the second in Season 5 against the PNP Responders, the Malacañang-PSC Kamao returned to the UNTV Cup Finals this season after demolishing the NHA Builders on Sunday at the Meralco Gymnasium in Pasig City with final scores, 88 – 82.

The NHA Builders battled neck-and-neck against the Kamao, with several deadlocks in all quarters.

Malacañang-PSC Kamao Head Coach Raffy Gonzales said: “Alam naman naming hindi kami malakas. Yung sistema lang namin yung nagdadala para manalo kami every game.”

(We know that we are not a strong team. It’s just our system that makes us win every game.)

Builders Coach Bennett Palad, on the other hand, admitted losing momentum.

“Actually, kulang kami sa player. Wala si [Marvin] Ladia. Injury si Alvin Vitug. Ang Chris Santos ko hindi pwede maglaro. Nasira ang momentum namin.”

(Actually, we’re shorthanded with players. Marvin Ladia can’t play, Alvin Vitug is injured. Chris Santos can’t play too. We just lost our momentum.)

And for the first time in six seasons, the Senate Defenders entered the league’s finals.

This, after the Senate hoopsters crushed the AFP Cavaliers, 86-80.

Winless in Season 5, the senators Villanueva and Angara-led Defenders promised a big comeback in Season 6.

“Talagang sabi namin talagang babalik kami. Gagawin namin lahat — work hard, play defense, teamwork. Talagang ‘To God be the glory!’ kasi ang mga pina-practice namin, lumabas sa game,” Sen. Joel Villanueva said.

(We really told ourselves that we will bounce back [after being winless last season]. We will give our all — work, play defense, teamwork. It’s really ‘To God be the glory!’ because what we do in our practices, it’s what happens during the games.)

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa lahat ng supporters namin. Doon kumuha ng enerhiya at lakas ang aming players. Syempre gusto naming panalunin talaga ang championship para sa beneficiaries namin from Kythe Foundation [and Pangarap Foundation]. Thank you sa UNTV,” Senator Sonny Angara said.

(We thank all our supporters. It’s where we all get energy and power. Of course, we wanted to win the championship for our beneficiaries from Kythe Foundation [and Pangarap Foundation]. Thank you UNTV.)

The first and second quarters were dominated by the Cavaliers, leading by eight points as the first half ended, 43-35.

But the Senate team bounced back, with energy, effort, hustle, and defense that dampened the Cavaliers’ scoring.

Defenders Coach Mike Fermin gave credit to the performance of his players that brought his side to the win.

“Down kami noong halftime, so collective effort of everybody. Ang players, saka ang senators talagang ang usapan sa halftime, sa dugout, depensa lang, pare. Ang depensa natin, iyon ang open sa natin. So iyon ang nangyari sa second half.”

(We were down at halftime. It was the collective effort of everybody. The players and the senators huddled at halftime in agreement that they must employ defense. It’s what they need to win the game. And it is what happened in the second half.)

Meanwhile, AFP Cavaliers Head Coach Sonny Manucat disclosed: “Tingin ko breaks of the game. Nandoon naman, bandang huli bumigay… breaks of the game.”

(I think it’s really the breaks of the game. We were there [winning the game] but unfortunately, we fell short in the end… breaks of the game.)

The AFP still awaits another match, the battle for third place against the NHA Builders, on March 4, 3:00 p.m. at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Meanwhile, Game 1 of the best of three finals series awaits the Defenders and the Kamao at 4:30 pm.

The champion will get P4-M, 1st runner-up P2-M, 2nd runner-up P1-M and 3rd runner-up, P500,000 on the play for charity basketball league originated by Public Service Advocate, BMPI-UNTV CEO Daniel Razon. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue


GAME 1: Senate defeat AFP, 86-80

Quarter Scores: 19-20, 35-43, 60-60, 86-80

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 86
M. Legaspi 18, H. Ng 16, J. Sanders 15, R. Balboa 13, G. Sevilla 9, R. Malaga 6, M. Omega 4, E. Villanueva 3, S. Marata 2

AFP Cavaliers
Box Scores: 80
J. Lumongsod 18, E. Tan 14, R. Pascual 12, R. Almerol 9, W. Casulla 8, B. Bautista 8, J. Quiambao 6, R. Araneta 3, A. Zuñiga 2

GAME 2: Malacañang-PSC defeat NHA, 88-82 .

Quarter Scores: 21-27, 47-48, 64-60, 88-82

Malacañang-PSC Kamao
Box Scores: 88
E. Dela Cuesta 22, V. Javier 21, C. Luanzon 14, G. Gadong 9, J. Besa 7, N. Javier 5, M. Ignario 5, J. Jimenez 4, J. Magadia 1,

NHA Builders
Box Scores: 82
J. Dizon 22, A. Lustestica 19, W. Tibay 11, A. Vitug 11, M. Mercado 8, J. Alastoy 6, M. Sani 3, R. Tibay 2,

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PH to send 22 farmers to Papua New Guinea to do farming demo

by UNTV   |   Posted on Saturday, February 17th, 2018

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will send 22 farmers to Papua New Guinea next month.

MANILA, Philippines —The Department of Agriculture (DA) will send 22 farmers to Papua New Guinea next month.

According to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, the farmers will help develop the 100-hectare rice demonstration farm in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The farmers are from Ilocos and Iloilo. They will earn P25,000 monthly from the private firm that hired them.

On the 7th of March, Secretary Piñol is set to fly to Papua New Guinea to discuss an agreement that will allow Filipino businessmen to grow rice there.

The rice supply that would exceed the needs of Papua New Guinea can be purchased by the Philippines or be sold to other countries.

Papua New Guinea has 46 million hectares of land that can be used for rice production.

However, the country has a population of only 8 million.

The DA said the Philippines should search for other countries to source food from especially now that its population is growing. — UNTV News & Rescue

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DA: Several wholesalers resell NFA rice as commercial rice

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Department of Agriculture (DA) reveals alleged anomalies in distribution of NFA rice

MANILA, Philippines — Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol has revealed some alleged anomalies involving the allocation and distribution of National Food Authority (NFA) rice.

According to Piñol, the NFA is unduly favoring several wholesalers over others.

He said it gives some wholesalers the opportunity to get a bigger allocation of rice from the agency especially in regions.

Piñol noted NFA rice is being mixed with other types of rice to be sold as commercial rice.

“Itong mga wholesalers na ito, ito yung nagrerepack. Mag-imbestiga kayo sa mga probinsya at tingnan nyo kung sino yung mga rice trader na yumaman. Yun yung may mga koneksyon,” said the agriculture secretary.

(These wholesalers, they are the ones doing the repacking. Investigate provinces and find out who among these rice traders became rich. They are the ones with connections.)

The NFA Council is now seeking to audit the NFA in line with the allocation and distribution of their rice.

In response, the NFA has expressed its willingness to cooperate with the proposed audit.

Meanwhile, Piñol insists there is sufficient supply of rice in the Philippines.

In 2017, the production of rice climbed to 19.4 million metric tons, the highest production in history.

Currently, the Philippines’ rice self-sufficiency is at 96% and the agency targets to reach a new target of 100 percent by 2020.

However, the DA admitted the country might still face insufficient rice supply in the future due to the growing population.

To counter this concern, the agency has entered into an agreement with the Papua New Guinea (PNG) government.

“The idea now is for the Philippine government to enter into a memorandum of agreement or a bilateral agreement with the PNG government to allow the Filipino entrepreneurs to plant rice in Papua New Guinea,” said Piñol.

Under the agreement, any excess rice produced by Filipino farmers in Papua New Guinea will be delivered to the Philippines to boost its own rice supply.

In line with this, Piñol is set to visit the said country in March. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue


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