Rice cartels, smuggling going out of style–Alcala

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LEGAZPI CITY—Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said rice cartel and smuggling would soon be a thing of the past as he noted an upsurge in the country’s rice production goal last year.

“The agriculture program is on the right track in meeting the challenges to make the country a rice-sufficient nation,” said Alcala, who was here on Wednesday to turn over to some 15 farmers’ groups in Albay shallow tube well pumps capable of irrigating up to 20 hectares of rice lands.

He said the rice cartel operation would soon “die a natural death.”

There are several big rice cartels tagged as the “Binondo” cartel owned by Chinese-Filipinos who corner and manipulate rice prices and supply in the country, confirmed a source who refused to be named for lack of authority to speak on the matter.

The source added that the cartel is involved in rice smuggling because it controls hundreds of multipurpose cooperatives in the country.

In Bicol, there are at least two rice cartels owned by Chinese-Filipino businessmen who operate in Camarines Sur and Albay.

Coops as dummies

The source also took notice of the widespread rice smuggling activities of government-accredited multipurpose cooperatives used as dummies by big-time rice traders.

These reported rice smuggling activities have triggered a Senate inquiry wherein several multipurpose cooperatives had to confront smuggling charges by the Bureau of Customs.

Alcala said that despite the calamities that happened last year, the country was able to produce some 18.3 million metric tons of rice which surpassed the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) goal of 300,000 metric tons.

He said the bright outlook posted by the country’s rice production meant the DA could continue to cut down its rice importation program by half this year from the 2.4 million metric tons of rice imports last year.

Rice export program

“Gradually, we would stop rice importation this year and start to embark on a rice exportation program to other Asian neighbors,” he said.

Aside from the tube well pumps given to Albay’s farmers, Alcala also handed to Albay Gov. Joey Salceda a four-wheel drive mini-tractor worth P1 million during his visit here on Wednesday.

Alcala said the distribution of farm implements is part of the government’s effort to achieve its rice sufficiency target by 2014.

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  • Guest

    The See family along Dagupan Street near Divisoria are one of the Filipino-Chinese rice cartels. 

    • truthvslies

      o ayan mga vigilante,may nagbigay na ng tip sa inyo.sumampol lang kayo kahit isa,bahag ang buntot ng mga Chinoy na iyan na lalayas sa Pilipinas.

  • ApoLapullapu

    Indeed rice smuggling becomes unprofitable when local rice prices are competitive.  It is foolish for Businessmen to smuggle rice into the country and incur losses.  But if local rice is pegged at low prices and there is high production, Smugglers would ship out rice to more profitable markets.

    • Bayang_magiliw

      Smuggle it to China! At least kikita pa rin naman ang mga farmers natin. At pag nahuli itong mga smugglers eh di mas maganda para mapatawan sila ng death penalty.

  • bogli_anakdami

    i prefer to eat calrose brand…

    kc, sopistikeyted ang bulati (tape worm) ko sa tiyan eh…kaya i’ll continue to look por imported na bigas mabango…

    yun lang di ba?

  • aristeosj

    Go,go,go!!!chop,chop!!!

  • txtman

    ALAM PALA NINYO
     
    KUNG SINO-SINO MGA SMUGGLERS EH
     
    BAKIT MGA SMALL FISHES LANG HINUHULI NINYO?
     
    MAGKANO BA BAYAD SA INYO?
     
    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    .
    .
    .
     
    DAMI NA DAW RICE
     
    PERO
     
    ASK ANY FARMERS
     
    SASABIHIN NILA
     
    UMUUTANG NA SILA NG RICE
     
    DILAT NA SA GUTOM FAMILY NILA
    .
    .
     
    KASI NGA
     
    WALANG PRICE MG PRODUCTS NG MGA FARMERS
     
    BINABARAT
     
    YAN ANG REALITY
    .
    .
     
    ITO DAPAT GAWIN NG GOVERNMENT PARA MATULONGAN
        MGA FRAMERS
     
    1. LOWER THE PRICES OF FERTLIZERS/PESTICIDES & SEEDS
     
    > >> IMAGINE 1 SMALL SACK OF CORN NA PUNLA IS WORTH 4,000 PESOS?
     
       SUS MARIA, TAPOS GAGATOS KA PA SA FERTILZERS, GASOLINA SA PATUBIG,
      
       BAYAD SA TRACTOR, BAYAD SA WORKERS, PAKAIN SA WORKERS, BAYAD
       
       SA PAG-AANI, PAGBIBILAD NG ANI – TAPOS PAGBENTAHAN NA EH BINABARAT?
     
    >>> IMAGINE AROUND 3 MONTHS KANG NAGPAKAPAGOD, TAPOS AT THE END KITA
      
       MO LANG EH, LESS THAN 10, 000 PESOS? HUH? AROUND 3, 000 PESOS PER MONTH
     
       LANG ANG INCOME MO? NOT EVEN ENOUGH FOR MINIMUM WAGE? ETO ANG

    MALUPIT, TAKE NOTE – HINDI MO PA TINATANGAL MGA GASTOS MO SO

    SUMA TOTAL IMBES NA KUMITA KA, SUPER LUGI AS IN NEGATIVE INCOME

    NG MGA FARMERS. PAPANO NAMAN SILA MABUBUHAY NG DISENTE DYAN AT

    HOW ABOUT THE NEXT CROPS? WALA BAON SA UTANG! TAPOS
     
       SASABIHIN NILA TINUTULUNGAN NILA MGA MAGSASAKA?
     
    >> if Penoy will help the farmers then that will be his legacy
    .
    .
     
    2. HAVE A GOOD REASONABLE FARMGATE PRICES
     
    >>> Self- explanatory na yan
     
    >>> Hirap kasi, madaming mga POLITIKO ANG MAY HAWAK NG NEGOSYO
     
         SA MGA PROBINSYA. THESE POLITICIANS WANTS THE PEOPLE TO ALWAYS POOR
     
         PARA PARATI NILA NABIBILI ANG MGA BOTO NILA.
     
    3. FREE SEEDLINGS – WALANG NAGBIBIGAY, at least the philippine coconut authority is
     
         planning to give free coconut seedlings IM VERY
      
         HAPPY FOR THAT, YUN NGA LANG HINDI NAMAN YUNG MGA EARLY MATURING
     
         COCONUTS MGA IBIBIGAY- KUNG ANO MAKUHA NILA SA BAYAN YUN NA RIN ANG
     
         IBIBIGAY WHICH IS DISAPPOINTING KASI YOU HAVE TO WAIT 7-10 YRS PA
     
        BEFORE MAMUNGA INSTEAD OF LESS THAN 5 YEARS ( potential source of corruption)
     
    >>>> Magbigay sana sila ng mga free kasoy 9from Palawan), mangoes, avocado, santol,
     
         rambutan, mahogany, narra, sanging and even bamboos and etc. etc, seedlings
     
        SUPERMAHAL ANG MGA SSEDLINGS FROM PRIVATE GROUPS LIKE DYAN
     
        SA QC WILDLIFE GRAFTED RAMBUTAN WILL COST YOU MORE THAN 200 EACH!
     
        EVEN THE DEPT OF AGRICULTURE SELL 30-50 PESOS PER MANGO SEEDLINGS to
     
       think na sa isang malayong probinsya na yun ha. How would you expect a small farmer
     
       to afford that?
     
      
    I HOPE THE GOVERNMENT WILL HELP THE FARMERS NATIONWIDE
     
    THEY NEED HELP DESPERATELY
     
    GOD BLESS THE PHILIPPINES

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E2V7QUMFK3JR7GWHPUF7MNVIJQ Kudi

      tangina,  sakit sa mata ng post mo!   di ka bagay mag internet.

      masyado ka praning sa buhay!     

      • 33Sambuang2

        pisot ka txtman

  • daniboy2012

    Nananawagan kame sa mga vigilante…..isang b..la lang ang katapat ng mga chinese smuggler nayan…..walang  itira ..ibaon sila sa nabubulok ng bigas…o kaya sa bukid baka pweidng maging pataba pa….

  • Bayang_magiliw

    Kabawasan na naman sa kita ni Mike Arroyo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    KUDOS TO YOU SECRETARY ALCALA.  JOB WELL DONE.  

  • garcia677

    These alter egos of Noynoy are fond of talking more but doing less. Alcala gawin mong trabaho mo hindi yang akala mo. Pag bumuti na ang kalagayan ng ating rice industry at nakapagexport na tayo saka ka magprescon upang ipagyabang but until such time that such vision hasn’t taken an upsurge turn then be reticent and exert more effort in paddling your canoe.

    For our country to be exporting rice indicates that the matuwid na daan of Noynoy is bound not to nowhere but to our dreamed prosperity.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XJ6M3EEK5LGN77YOMKJHBCXF7Q jeronimo

    Bait di hulihin Ang mga Chinese Filipino na yan? Alam nyo naman pala e. so ang gusto nyo e mawala na lang sila ng kusa na parang tighyawat?

    • muddygoose

      Baka hinde naman illegal or mahirap patunayan na kino-control nila ang presyo ng bigas. Ang ibig lang naman kasing sabihin ng ‘cartel’ ay kung yung produkto, tulad ng bigas, iilan lang ang nagko-control ng pagbenta at dahil dito kaya nilang manipulahin ang presyo.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/XJ6M3EEK5LGN77YOMKJHBCXF7Q jeronimo

        Oo nga , tama. pero di ba bawal din manipulahin ang presyo?

      • muddygoose

        Yup, dapat kasuhan ang mga nagkasala.

        Maraming pang illegal or halos illegal na nangyayari, tulad ng pagbenta ng mga coop ng kanilang import allocation from NFA. Ang mismong pag-import ng NFA nang sobra-sobra sa kailangang i-angkat. Ang pag-hoard ng mga traders ng supply ng bigas upang magkaroon ng artificial na kakulangan sa supply. Ang pagpapabaya sa sistema ng irrigation at iba pang infrastructura ng mga tauhan ng DAR. Sana dahan-dahan ng maayos.

  • sopingac

    Mas mabuti pa trabaho muna para ma-achieve ang goal bago mag-satsat at magpaporma.

  • zeroko

    Rice Cartel like other big time smuggling like the tons and tons of “Peking ducks” container by containers of Onions, electronic gadgets, the artificial flavorings and textiles worth more than 100 millions, lahat yan ay may blessing sa Malacayang. The reason for these massive smuggling is profit  the prime mover of illegal activities. “Napaka mahal ng bilihin sa Pinas. Sobra! 

    I have a Chinese Friend from Singapore before, who said that he comes here in Manila, stay in 4 star hotel for a week, dine in among the flashy restaurants, go to bed with a Filipina, and when he leaves, he is richer by $5,000 U.S. He said he is carrier of  smuggle jewelries.  Who says Chinese tourist are honest. He he he. They always come here in droves, hundreds of them, and they bring lots of smuggled items. Years before a group of Chinese tourist from Taiwan came here. Their leader even raise a flag so they wouldn’t astray. Each brought 4 boxes of imported fruits, fake watches on their luggage  and   other merchandise. No problem, the Customs Examiner and the Immigration are both Filipino-Chinese..

    Don’t you know that the biggest tax evaders in our country are Chinese! In the Main BIR office at NIA road, there use to be a Filipino Chinese examiner. But he made a mistake. He employee my neighbor, a Filipina who outwitted him. His Filipina employee use to go with him collecting “tong” or protection money from big Chinese Businesses who cheats on their taxes.  After 4 months, his Filipina collector did the collection without his knowledge. he he he, and accumulate 5 million pesos in just two weeks. He he he. She for the first time in her life was filthy rich. She and her husband went to Baguio on a taxi, and the taxi is waiting for a week with it’s meter running 24/7! He he he. But as everything has an ending, his Filipino-Chinese boss discovered that he can no longer collect because his Chinese clients has already paid their dues. He he he.

    Lakng racket sa BIR. Basta Chinese, may racket, remember that. When ever a Chinese smiles at a Filipino, it does not mean that he enjoys the company of the Filipino. No sir. The Chinese is smiling because he will cheat the Filipino. Otherwise a Chinese maintains a somber face, kung baga, Poker face, stone face.

    • truthvslies

      What you have said is true. These economic migrants controls all facets of our society.They install their kind in sensitive positions like BIR,CUSTOM so they easily manipulate things through their bloodline contacts in these departments and continue their nefarious activities unhampered. The only way this can be stopped is if the True blooded Filipinos who by the way are the second class citizen of the Philippines waged a revolution that will put an end to the dominance of the economic migrants.In government a lot are Fil-Chinese, Custom second man is a Chinese and even the central bank governor is a Chinese. In true sense we got no choice.They only comprise at least 3% of our population maybe even lower ,but they control the lives of more than 95million Filipinos. We true blooded Filipinos are to be blamed for this.

      • Hagler

        I remeber what a friend said ( hes half chinese)kung ganyan ng ganyan ginagawa sa mga lokal na pinoy , bakit di magsamasama , kumuha ng tunay n lider at mag rebolusyon. yung tunay na pro poor na rebolusyon at di katulad ng EdSa, rebolusyon ng mga mayayamang pamilya ang EDSA againts marcos, para mabawi nila ang mga kinuha ni marcos.

  • Rovingmoron

    It’s not a question of self-sufficiency in rice. When farmers are in need of immediate money during an emergency, the persons they can turn to are the Filipino-Chinese financiers who lend them money. The favor is in exchange for the rice harvests. How can the government stop this? Banks do not lend money so easily, unless the borrower has all the requirements.What the Department of Agriculture can do is to set up a cooperative bank where farmers can borrow fast loans in time of emergency.

  • Hagler

    Ang mga pinoy farmer ang naghirap magtanim at anahin , sina singkit ang nakikinabang ng husto!

  • Garibaldi_II

    The DA should simplify the loan processes for the poor farmers to help them out, most especially during floods and typhoon seasons. Hire the unemployed Agriculturists to teach the farmers adopt the scientific methods during the dry seasons. More can be done to assist our farmers. Most importantly, get rid of these cartels. They are parasites feeding on the sweats and tears of our poor people.

  • Gerald Abueva

    Rice self-sufficiency is not equivalent to no more rice cartels. As long as the Chinese middleman is in the middle, buying cheap and selling high and cornering the supply, rice will still be expensive for Filipinos. What the government should do is remove the Chinese middleman. Holocaust them if you have to. But even if we remove the Chinese middleman, may kakonchabang Pinoy din itong mga Intsik. The former NFA head Lito Banayo, as revealed by Enrile’s pointed questionings during the senate investigation, was also involved in rice smuggling. Banayo used cooperatives as fronts to import large volumes of rice. Banayo’s funds came from the Chinese and paid out through Nixon Kua. As long as there are Pinoys conniving with the switik Intsiks, talo tayo.

    If you’ve been to Malaysia, farmers are better off there. Through Bumiputra policy, every farmer has his / her own house, a second-hand car, good farm to market roads, access to credit with low interest rate (at times even 0%) and almost no agrarian-related insurgency. The only problem for us in the Philippines is how to identify who’s switik and who’s not. In Malaysia, the switiks cannot have Muslim names unless they’ve married into local natives and been completely assimilated. In our country, many switik Intsiks have infiltrated our society bearing Filipino surnames. Iba nga dyan, singkit nasingkit halos tumulo ang laway, Pinoy pa ang last name. Just look around, sa gobyerno pa lang ang dami nila. E.g. Lacierda, Carandang, Drilon, Enrile on his mother side Furuganan, Marcos / Chua, Angara, Lito Banayo, Naguiat, Ampatuan and so on. Mga linta.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

      you are such a racist

      • truthvslies

        He is not a racist. He is just stating the facts, What he said is true and these economic migrants who are in the midst of our population are causing so much suffering to the true blood Filipinos must be stopped and one way is exposing these schemes to media.

      • boybakal

         Hindi naman marunong magenglish yan George Lapu lapu…basta na lang makapagenglish…
        baka ibig niyang sabihin, discriminating.
        racist…filipino racist..

      • Hagler

        may katotohanan ang mga sinasabi ni Gerald, our farmers are still poor at ang nakikinabang at kumukontrol sa ani ay ang mga switik na middleman, hindi nagsaka, hindi nagtanim,hindi naputikan, hindi nainitan o naulanan,pero ayun sila prenteng prente sa kanilang mansyon, samantalang ang lokal farmer hirap na hirap pa din sa buhay para lang makaraos. Filipinos should be aware now of real ” enemies” of this country.Sad to say ang ang gumagawa ng batas at naghahari sa pinas ay naka side sa mga switik na ito, malamang nakikinabang din sila. ogag ang mga pulitiko kapag dumura sila ng pataas!

    • boybakal

      I agree with you.
      Indonesia, Malaysia, they have priority on Bumiputra policy.
      Inuuna ang native malay, Intsik or lahing intsik second class citizen.
      Whereas in the Philippines, Chinese or Chinese Filipinos are first class citizens.
      Filipinos, native filipinos third and fourth class citizens.
      Then who are the second class citizens…foreigners other than Chinese.

  • JosengSisiw1

    With a very good cooperation with these souless chinese and our government officials, PH will always have a made up rice shortage. Good luck to you Mr. Alcala, it’s tough battling these cartel. You may be able to eradicate few of them but they are like weeds that keep on sprouting no matter how deligent you are.

  • Albert Einstien

    smuggling now focused on MEAT & VEGETABLE products… WORST SMUGGLING now…

  • Komen To

    They will cool off now and be back after PNoy steps out of the palace. Just like jueteng before, cool – hot – cool – hot

  • mavtan

    There must be wrong with this report, achieved 18.3M metric ton against goal of 300,000 metric ton. The goal is too low. Is proofreading not being done anymore?

    • Edward Castro

      yeah, i guess what they meant was the target was exceeded by 300,000 metric tons. the target was 18 million metric tons.  

  • Ricgwapo

    Back on rice smuggling: This would unlikely impossible without the backing of corrupt politicians or government officials, police or military.

    No wonder that it has been and likely would forever be a repeated problem for our rice farmers, like a scourge similar to the drug menace.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Huwag muna magyabang dahil ang karaniwang magsasaka ay mahirap pa rin. Ang mga cartel din ang bibili ng majority ng ani para macontrol ang supply. 
    Kung alam na ng govt kung sino ang mga cartel na ito bakit hindi sila napaparusahan?

    • doncleo

       Kilala naman dyan sa Bicol region ang may control ng bigas…Si CO SAY di ba? may nagagawa ba sila? panakip butas lang yan na mga programa nila sa bigas kasi tumatanggap din sila ng pera sa rice cartel plus nag kukumisyon pa sila sa importation ng bigas.

  • boybakal

    Three years ago na yan pronouncement na yan.
    Ganyan din ang sinasabi ni Pnoy.
    How could we be rice suffiicient, e tag baha, tag bagyo, bukod pa diyan na old style of farming pa ang ginagawa…Si Damulag pa rin.
    Bukod pa diyan yon taniman ng palay ginawang subdivision.
    Be realistic, buti nga may rice cartel, kung drug cartel mas delikado.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XQIPMGHIKFLIQX2GYRZPEV2VIY floydelyn

    i agree with gerald abueva – ELIMINATE THE CHINESE MIDDLEMEN & DISTRIBUTORS.

    wala pakialam yan sa interest ng pinoy.

    problem solved.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QHGUJ3OJZAOIMBYYWTABNV2EEM Ai

    The government should SHVT UP…been reading and hearing these boastful pronouncements. Masyadong mabilis ang mga bibig…better do it first and then shout later. Look what happen to De Lima’s announcements on Amanlilio’s capture – napurnada ang pag uwi – mas mabilis kasi ang bunganga kaysa gawa….kuryente. :)

  • IbigMongSabihin

    this Alcala ay tulad ng gobyerno na clueless at brain dead. ok lang ba ang statistical figure “the country was able to produce some 18.3 million metric tons of rice which surpassed the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) goal of 300,000 metric tons. ok ito tiyak sa mga clueless na pinoys na merong presidenteng cluelless din. pero isipin nyo naman na ang DA ay merong standardized calculaton formula based on the existing agricultural areas in the country and their average yields. kung madoble ang yields ay 600,000 metric tons ito, kung maging triple ang yields ay 900,000 metric tons ito which is still less than one million. ang pinagmamalaki ni Alcala na 18.3 million metric tons yields ay mostly smugggled rice at common knowledge ito. of course hindi napabilang dito ang ilang million metric tons of smuggled rice sa sumadsad na barko kaya nabuko just few months ago. worst, ang pinalabas na balita tungkol dito ay tinakpan din agad ng partisan press to protect influential people. manipulation of the people at its worst.

  • IbigMongSabihin

    this Alcala also said in 2010, which was the basis ng pagmamayabang sa masa ni noynoy aquino, na wala ng rice importattion sa 2011 dahil magiging self-sufficient na ang pilipinas. hindi pa natuyo ang laway ng dalawang ito ay nag umpisa na rin sila ng rice importation gayong over the bakod ang kanilang pangdidiri sa rice importation noong panahon ni arroyo. na meron lang daw noon rice importation kay arroyo porke may corruption at rice cartel. then worst noong 2011, this Alcala announced na meron ng rice EXPORTATION ang pilipinas sa year 2012. pilipinas na raw tutulong na magpapakain sa asia! and aquino even repeated this yabang sa kanyang SONA para umani ng papuri sa mga masang captive and manipulated. o, meron ba talaga? kung bakit naman ang gobyerno ang hilig sa advance na mga press releases para purihin gayong wala namang dapat purihin sa paglipas ng panahon dahil wala namang itong actual accomplishment. laway o promises ay never accomplishment!

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    smuggling at kartel
    hindi nalalaos yan

    sa business techniques
    ng mga intsik switik

    rollback intstik switik control ng
    ekonomiya ng pilipino

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