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.
By Jerry Esplanada
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).
By Jerome Aning
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.
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.
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.