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NEWS MONITOR
April 13, 2011

Submitted by: Adora D. Rodriguez/Arlhene Carro 
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Philippine Daily Inquirer

1

Kristine Alave, Norman Bordadora, Christine Avendaño

What rice crisis? Agri chief denies intel report
At a briefing in Malacañang, DA Sec. Alcala said the report could be the handiwork of the rice cartel whose business had been affected by the DA’s equitable distribution of importation quotas.  He added that the report was not only alarmist but also baseless because the harvests are good.  Alcala and deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Nica head Trifonio Salazar had denied that there was such a Nica report. 

Business Mirror

A1

M. Gonzales, C. Ordinario, F. Marasigan

No rice crisis, agri chief says

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Peoples Journal

3

Tess Bedico, Jester Manalastas, Bernadette Tamayo

No rice crisis – DA

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Abante

2

Rose Miranda, Jun Tadios

Hindi totoo ‘yan!

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Bandera

3

Bella Cariaso

Rice shortage itinanggi ng Palasyo

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Pilipino Star Ngayon

2

Rudy Andal, Malou Escudero

Krisis sa bigas itinanggi ng DA

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The Daily Tribune

1

Angie Rosales

Noy allies find credible NICA’s unrest warning due to prices
Sen. Pangilinan finds credibility on a possible public unrest caused by falling rice production and rising prices which was reportedly contained in NICA report submitted to the President.  Sen. Honasan, on the other hand, urged the President to seriously consider convening the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (Ledac) anew to address the impending “emergencies” the country is facing both in and out of the Philippine territory which include steady supply of electricity, petroleum diesel etc. 

The Philippine Star

8

Aurea Calica

Agricultural production better, says Alcala

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The government disclosed yesterday the country’s agricultural production was better in the first quarter and that there might be no need to import rice to augment supply.  Both the DA and Malacañang also allayed fears of any rice or food crisis, belying a report that Pres. Aquino was warned that such a crisis could allegedly become a national security concern. 

The Philippine Star

B18

Marianne Go

Alcala sees 7.8% agri growth in H1
Agri. Sec. Alcala is projecting a 7.8% growth for the agriculture sector in the first semester this year, while rejecting reports a government intelligence report warning a possible rice crisis.  He said that the import of an additional 300,000MT in the second half is not true.  He also announced the possibility of a fuel subsidy for farmers and fisherfolks in the next two weeks, similar to the fuel subsidy. 

Business World

S1/3

Reuters

Agriculture chief sees strong production in first quarter

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The Manila Times

B1

James Galvez

Govt expects La Niña to have boosted farm output

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Manila Bulletin

B1

 

Rice import volume fixed

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The Philippine Star

6

Delon Porcalla

Farmers, fisherfolk also get fuel subsidy
Following persistent requests for a similar government subsidy, DA Sec. Alcala yesterday disclosed that farmers and fisherfolk have been included in the fuel subsidy program, as major oil firms implemented a new round of increase of fuel prices.  The DA is already in the process of making a list of pump boats and fishing vessels, as well as tractors that farmers are using in the countryside for them to be able to benefit from the government subsidy in light of the spiralling costs of fuel. 

Business World

S1/11

J.D. Poblete, E.N.J. David, E.J. Diaz

Gov’t expands fuel subsidy

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Business  Mirror

B5

Mia Gonzales

Fuel subsidy extended to farmers, fishermen, Agri. Sec. Alcala says

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Manila Standard-Today

A3

Joyce Pañares

Fuel subsidy for farmers, fishermen

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Taliba

3

Taliba wire monitoring

Magsasaka, mangingisda, pasok na sa ‘oil subsidy’

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Peoples Journal

3

Tess Bedico

Farmers, fishers to get subsidy

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The Manila Times

A3

Cris Odronio

Fishermen, farmers to get fuel subsidy from Palace

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Manila Standard-Today

A1

Othel Campos, Alena Flores, Rey Salita, Bloomberg

Prepare for P2-a-kilo spike in rice prices, advises NFA
NFA administrator Lito Banayo said that when the present harvest is almost over by July, the price of local commercial rice may increase by as much as P2 per kilo despite projections of a good harvest due to the continuing increase in the price of fuel that will take its toll on farm products, especially rice. 

Remate

7

Meliza Maluntag, Kris Jose

Krisis sa bigas ibinabala
Nagbabala ng krisis sa bigas si Anakpawis Rep. Mariano kung hindi ito agad hahanapan ng solusyon ng administrasyong Aquino.  Inisyu ni Mariano ang report matapos sabihin ng NICA na “one possible flashpoints being watched by the local intelligence community was the supply and prices of rice worldwide.”

Peoples Tonight

1

Ryan Pacpaco

FM:  Avoid crisis, prevent hoarding

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Tempo

1

Charissa Luci, Madel Sabater

Food security: Lawmakers want gov’t to impose iron-hand policy vs hoarders
Lawmakers asked the President to “step in” to avert an alleged looming food crisis as they called for the imposition of an iron-hand policy against hoarders and those who would exploit the situation. 

Manila Bulletin

5

Charissa Luci

Government urged to avert food crisis

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Remate

6

Meliza Maluntag

Hoarding ng pagkain possible

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Manila Times

A5

Ricardo Saludo

Why hunger got worse and how to fight it 
(1) The Aquino administration must set aside misgivings about policies of the government, and adopt those that have been proven to work in mitigating hunger. (2) Boosting NFA stocks must be implemented to show traders that if they push prices, the government has enough grains to flood the market. (3) The Palace must revive the AHMP comprehensive hunger mitigation measures which addresses many factors affecting hunger and not just the lack of money to buy food.

Manila Bulletin

12

Marvyn Benaning

Gov’t told to produce more rice to make imports unnecessary 
NFAEA noted that it is still the responsibility of the State to ensure there is adequate supply of affordable rice at any time “since this function can hardly be delegated to the private sector”. The government must strive to maximize production, provide protection to rice farmers and be ready to have a 30-day buffer stock to cushion the impact of calamities and emergencies.

Philippine Daily Inquirer

A13

Robin Broad and John Cavanagh

Food protests and food democracy 
Rice eating nations tend to grow the vast majority of the rice their people eat, so import dependence tends to be low. Bu the Philippines is one of the leading rice importers. Rice imports account for as much as sixth of Philippine consumption year in and out. As a result, rising rice prices in 2008 set the nation on edge. The Aquino government set ambitious goals on eliminating imports within three years, and projects far lower rice imports this year.

Business World

6/S2

 

Public Works conducts training on bioengineering technology 
Coco-coir will soon be used in DPWH projects after Sec. Singson issued Department Order No. 41 directing all field offices to use the said materials. According to Sec. Proceso Alcala, ten pieces of husks could produce a kilo of coir. Coconut coir emerged as an important by-product to offset the effect of devastating climate changes, especially as an erosion-control agent.

Philippine Star

A25

Ding Cervantes

NIA:Pantabangan Dam can withstand Intensity 10 quake
Pantabangan Dam was designed to survive an earthquake like the one that devastated northeastern Japan last march 11. The Dam whose reservoir covers 8,420 hectares withstood the Intensity 7.7 earthquake on July 16, 1990 with no damage at all.

Business Mirror

B5

 

Rice experts learn of green worms, agri-aqua farming
Experts at IRRI are learning about worms for a greener earth called the African Night Crawlers as well as breeding food fish like the popular cream dory and the high value ornamental fish Japanese koi or carp.  

Malaya

A1

Madelaine Cabrera

There’s gold in coconut husk 
DA says that processing coco fiber and peat into geotextile or organic fertilizer could generate millions of dollars in exports as well as provide livelihood to small coconut farmers. DA will develop the fledgling coco fiber and peat industry in partnership with DTI, DPWH, DOST, small coconut farmers’ cooperatives and federation, and the private sector.

Malaya

B2

Jocelyn Montemayor

Subsidies will also cover motorized bancas, tractors 
DA is still finalizing the list of fisher and farmer beneficiaries who use motorized bancas and tractors and determining how much subsidy would be provided to them in line with the government’s efforts to help the agri sector and soften the impact of high costs of fuel. 

Tonite

2

Bernard Taguinod

Destabilization vs rice traders iniumang
Kasabay ng babala ng NICA na posibleng manganib ang seguridad ng bansa sa pagtaas ng presyo ng bigas at kakulangan ng suplay, pinatututukan ni Cong. Ben Evardone ang mga rice traders na magsasamantala at kung kinakailangan ay kasuhan ang mga ito ng destabilization case.

Tempo

8

Marvyn Benaning

Lesser rice import volume seen
In the event the country has to import more rice this year, it will be forced to compete for a thinner volume of the grain in the global market. The latest figure is that the available stocks are down to 28 MMT at a time when global wheat and corn production have been affected by the vagaries of nature.

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