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Garlic imports timed with harvests

GARLIC TRADERS EARNING BILLIONS  Holding a string of expensive bulbs, Sen. Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate agriculture committee, says the surge in the price of imported garlic from P17 to P300 a kilo could translate to a profit of P26 billion a year for traders. The P2-million penalty for price manipulation is not deterring them. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Enraged by the unprecedented increase in garlic prices, a group of agriculture stakeholders on Friday demanded the immediate resignation of Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) Director Clarito Barron, saying he was to blame for the mess.

Posted: July 5th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

70 firms, including Globe, 45 customs brokers suspended due to violations

Bureau of Customs. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Nine out of every 10 shipments of imported goods that pass through the country’s port are either misdeclared or undervalued, resulting in billions of pesos in lost government revenue, according to the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DOJ chief admits letter on WTO effects of PH rice import policy


Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has admitted writing the 12-page document that thumbed down the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) position on the expired “special privilege” granted by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that allowed the Philippines to restrict rice imports.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Filipinos paying 40% more for rice

File photo of EV ESPIRITU

Filipinos are paying 40 percent more for rice because of import controls that make it more expensive for the government to bring in foreign rice to augment local supply, a top economist has said here.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Ship with 100,000 bags of Vietnam rice grounded in La Union

More than 100,000 bags of rice imported from Vietnam by the government remained in a cargo ship that ran aground near the port of San Fernando City in La Union province last month.

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »