Bringing down prices of vegetables


The late Interior Secretary Jessie Robredo is Inquirer’s Filipino of the Year for 2012.

It’s a pity he’s already gone and can’t appreciate the accolade.

Robredo is the only other nonliving Pinoy, apart from actor Fernando Poe Jr. in 2004, to receive the award.

Robredo’s “tsinelas” (slippers) brand of leadership endeared him to the citizenry, especially the slippers-wearing masses. The late secretary loved to wear slippers even outside his house.

Many say he would have become our next President in 2016.

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President Noy says that weather permitting, the Philippines will not only be self-sufficient in rice soon, but it may also export the staple commodity before the end of this year.

The country used to be the world’s biggest importer of rice.

So let’s all pray for good weather.

Credit goes to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala whose constant dialogue and good rapport with rice farmers have produced results.

Alcala is the only agriculture chief, apart from the late Agriculture Minister Arturo Tanco Jr., who has made rice plentiful in the country that it may soon be an exporter of the commodity.

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Alcala deserves the title of “food czar” for bringing down not only the price of rice, but also that of vegetables because of their steady supply in the market.

The price of a commodity goes down when it is readily available in the market.

The agriculture secretary is trying to eliminate the middleman—and is slowly succeeding—by helping set up food terminals in many parts of the country.

These food terminals buy food harvests directly from the farmers based on the current wholesale prices of the products.

The middleman buys cheap from the farmers and sells high to food outlets.

The elimination of the middleman will greatly reduce food prices.

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Helping the aggie chief in eliminating the middleman is Leah Cruz, president of the Vegetable Importers, Exporters and Vendors Association of the Philippines (Vieva).

Vieva, upon Alcala’s encouragement, has set up farmers’ groups from whom it buys vegetables and rice at the current market price.

It also educates farmers on the best way to grow vegetables and rice through organic farming.

Organic farming does away with the use of commercial fertilizer, which has been found to be toxic to humans and eventually makes the soil infertile.

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Vieva, in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, has set up demonstration or pilot farms using the organic method.

I have volunteered my farm in Barangay Bacungan, Puerto Princesa City, as Vieva’s demonstration farm.

Vieva’s aim, also upon Secretary Alcala’s encouragement, is to make Palawan province self-sufficient in vegetables and eventually an exporter.

At present, Palawan imports its vegetables from Iloilo province and Manila.

That’s the reason vegetables in Palawan are much more expensive than fish and seafood, which it exports.

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Clients of Globe Telecom complain of dropped calls and the lack of a signal, but which are charged to clients.

In short, Globe clients pay for the company’s inefficient service.

A Globe client myself, I notice Globe gives a good signal only a few hours every month, yet the company charges its clients in full.

If Globe continues to ignore the public outcry for a more efficient service, then let’s all switch to its rival network.

Let’s stop becoming victims of highway robbery by Globe.

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  • maypakialamtayo

    Alcala deserves the title of “food czar” for bringing down not only the price of rice, but also that of vegetables because of their steady supply in the market…idol mon, try nyo pong mamalengke, sa dyaryo lang po mababa ang presyo ng gulay! bagsak ang presyo ng gulay sa north luzon ngayon dahil sa tag-lamig, bibilhin ng mga negosyante, bibilhin naman ng byahero sa negosyante, ibibiyahe at gagastos sa fuel, dadaan sa check-point ng pulis at gagastos sa kotong, magbabayad sa labor(kargador, driver) pagdating sa palengke bibilhin ng tindera at magbabayad na naman ng kargador ang resulta mas mahal pa sa inaasahan, dapat siguro dyaryo na lang ang magtinda ng gulay dahil mura lang.

    • novaliches

       Tama. at kung mapansin niyo, pinoy ang magsasaka, intsik ang middleman, tapos pinoy uli ang bibili ng produkto. ayos ang diskarte.

      • kismaytami

        Dapat talaga ipa-deport na yang pesteng tsekwa na yan!

    • kismaytami

      Halatang hindi namamalengke si Mon Tulfo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Mon, did you ask the working hard DA secretary his plans of accommodating Rico Puno
    (not the old singer)?

  • RS1007

    Sir Mon, Mr. Robredo is a presidential material pero hanggang don lang yon. Kung buhay siya, ngayon pa lang sisiraan na siya ng ibang ambisiyoso, kahit kapartido pa. Lahat ng uri ng paninira gagawin ng kalaban at “kaibigan”. “Expose” magkabila, sampahan ng kaso, media hearsay….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KTTQLNLRE6VMHNJOHGVJKIFPIQ wilfredo

    boss, consentrate tayo sa peace n order..grabe na talaga

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    ang yumayaman lang sa palay ay yung nagkikiskis at yung mga magsasaka natin na sila ang tunay na naghihirap ay kapirangot lang kinikita kaya sila tinatamad magtanim…dapat yan ang tingnan ng gobyerno…ang mga may ari ng kiskisan ng palay ay nagaantay lang yan pero ang mga magsasaka sila ang bibili ng lahat at kung tinamaan ng masamang panahon pa e lugi na sila

    • novaliches

       alam mo na kung anong negosyo ang dapat mong pasukan.

  • milespacker

    Globe is another reason why we should have a Charter Change. It even charges “currency adjustment” to consumers. We are stuck with monopolies. The gov’t should allow foreign owned companies to do business in the Philippines and give local monopolies a run for their money.

    Also, we have one of the highest electricity rates in the world.

    • http://twitter.com/wadjitzain coty

       and this present admn will never lift a finger to address this concern as it finds itself so helpless in this! take note we the consumers are also being made to pay up what we never consumed at all and being taxed (EVat) for it as well! and we have a potentially cheap source (BNPP) problem is they made it into a political issue and they are so afraid to put it  online because they equate the word “nuclear” with a nuclear bomb! to date just how many Filipinos have the BNPP killed so far?! factor that with the coal fired power plant that is wrecking havoc so minutely that the populace are not aware of but slowly but surely killing them! oh well, what can i tell you….

  • D3marketers

    Ah talaga? Bumaba ang presyo ng bigas? Kelan yon? 

  • http://twitter.com/wadjitzain coty

    ha ha there’s one thing that the late Secretary DID NOT DO that differentiates him apart from all the rest of the govt. officials,  “HE DID NOT STEAL”!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    talking about ‘tsinelas’  ano ba ang mas maganda, bantex ba o spartan?

    • $14141131


  • novaliches

    Kahit na ikaw pa ang pinaka magaling magtanim,  masagana ang ani mo, basta bobo sa buisness or financing,, malamang mahirap pa rin ang kalalabasan. tignan mo ang intsik, hindi marunong mag-saka, ayaw mag buhat ng mabigat, meron ka bang alam na itsik na karpintero, mechaniko, tubero etc, pero ang alam niya abacus at calculator. e sino ang asensado. kaya ang pinoy dapat magaling din sa calculator. 

    • batangpaslit

      i used to run training sessions on entrepreneurship
      tama sabi mo
      mga kababayan natin, hindi naturuan kung paano mag negosyo
      ang karpentero, puedeng maging negosyante
      pati mekaniniko, tubero—they could make big bucks.
      turuan lang sila how to run a business
      profit and loss
      cost of goods or services
      break even point
      rate of return
      profit margin
      banking and financing
      marketing and production

      good point, Bro

  • batangpaslit

    ang Palawan nag import ng gulay from Manila? ano ang ginagawa ng mga Economic Planning Officers sa Palawan?
    ano ang ginaawa ng Provincial Agriculturist at mga Municipal Agriculurists of the respective towns of Palawan?
    ano ang ginagawa ng mga Extension Training Officers ng Dept of Agricultrue

    • $14141131

      They were busy entertaining Mr. Tulfo. lol. 

  • kismaytami

    Yung mga telco dito sa Pinas, pare-pareho lang. Magaling lang pagdating sa marketing at PR. Pero kapag nakapirma ka na ng kontrata at lock-in period na 1 to 2 years, diyan na magsisimula ang kalbaryo mo as subscriber. Kung ayaw mo naman ng lock-in period, magtiyaga ka sa prepaid na mas mahal ang presyo ng serbisyo kesa sa post-paid.


    Bumili tayong lahat ng gulay kay MON TULFO, mura ang gulay nila ni alcala.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

    We need Liberty Telecoms of San Miguel to have another option for our communication needs. Mahirap kung Globe at Smart/Sun lng tayo aasa, parehong ganid sa pera ang dalawan ito. 

  • $14141131

    Eliminate the middlemen… I’m sure you have gone to remote areas but hasn’t observed the surroundings because you may be  focused on business. The farm-to-market roads in Davao Oriental where your town is as you said, are unpassable with just a trickle of rain said my friends there. So farmers can’t bring down their produce. So the middlemen come in. 

    Corruption  leaves the roads like it was half a century ago. And the corrupt officials are living in luxury in the provinces in Mindanao. Payroll padding, ghost projects and supplies overpricing are common in town corruption.Are you sure Alcala is eliminating the middlemen or you are advertising him because of his big help to your farm, Mr. Tulfo?

  • $14141131

    I noticed Tulfo is not writing anymore on the illegal logging businessmen-politicians of Davao Oriental namely: Dayangirang, Malayaon and Nunez. The illegal logging was the cause of the destruction of two bridges in Carag, Davao Oriental when the logs brought down by the flood rammed the bridgest. This is in addition to the damage in Cateel and Bagnga.

    Do you smell something?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JLZJHQHV7WVOJ4XZW4QKRDYSUA Gerry Randel

      baka nagka ayusan na. Ilang milyung paliwanag kaya ang tinanggap ni Mr. Tulfo mula doon sa mga taong ibinulgar niya na sangkot sa illegal logging sa Davao Oriental kaya bigla siyang nanahimik. 

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