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Imports force Nueva Vizcaya, Ecija onion growers to sell low

Red and white onions are again flooding the northern Luzon markets, reaching the mountain city of Baguio. But freshly harvested onions have been competing with imports, leaving onion growers far poorer than when they started planting.  EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Unregulated onion imports and opportunistic middlemen force farmers to sell their produce at very low prices following harvests, onion growers have complained.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

5-20 ‘ukay-ukay’ scam at BOC bared


Cinco huli, lusot veinte. Millions of pesos in government revenue have been lost to this illegal practice at the Bureau of Customs (BOC), where for every 25 shipments of imported ukay-ukay, or used clothing, five are seized by the agency while the rest are promptly released to consignees upon payment of tara, or grease money, to corrupt customs personnel.

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Customs losing P5B a year to ‘Ma’am T’ et al.

The Bureau of Customs (BOC). FILE PHOTO

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has been losing more than P5 billion a year due to the undervaluation of imported plastic manufacturing materials by a group led by “Ma’am T,” one of the big-time players in the Department of Finance-attached agency.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

China set to become world’s biggest net oil importer


China is set to overtake the United States as the world’s largest net oil importer from October, according to US figures, due to a combination of rising Chinese demand and increased US production.

Posted: August 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

China halts imports of New Zealand meat


Hundreds of tons of frozen mutton, lamb and beef from New Zealand have been stranded on Chinese docks after China halted imports from the country due to a certification dispute.

Posted: May 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘Differently colored’ license plates urged

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The Department of Finance (DOF) is urging the Department of Transportation and Communications to require “differently colored” license plates for vehicles imported through special economic zones.

Posted: February 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Customs on noodle watch nationwide

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon.. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

No new shipments of Nongshim noodles from South Korea will be allowed to get through any of the country’s ports, the Bureau of Customs said Wednesday.

Posted: November 7th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

The incident that changed Enrile’s life


I still have to read “Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir,” an autobiography of the Senate President, but I hope he included stories about his youth, which changed his life.

Posted: October 1st, 2012 in On Target | Read More »

Aquino sees rice self-sufficiency

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President Benigno Aquino III . FILE PHOTO

Two years after the previous administration was forced to import more than 2 million metric tons of rice to fill a shortage, President Aquino on Thursday declared the Philippines on the road to self-sufficiency in the staple and thus no longer needing to import the grain by next year.

Posted: July 6th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Agri chief appeals to pork, poultry producers to hold off strike

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala appealed to local pork and poultry producers not to push through with their meat holiday as it could open the floodgates for imported meats.

Posted: May 9th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

US opposes Philippines’ bid vs rice imports

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Philippines’ petition for the World Trade Organization (WTO) to stop the influx of imported rice is facing opposition from the United States government, which recently protested the country’s strict regulations on meat handling, according to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.

Posted: February 24th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DA to limit rice imports

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said on Thursday he would stick to his previous stance not to import more than 500,000 metric tons of rice for 2012 even after the 2011 rice production fell below the target.

Posted: November 18th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Negrenses protest use of imported sugar

About 4,000 Negrenses staged a protest in front of the Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc. (CCBPI) bottling plant in barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, yesterday morning to protest the company’s use of imported instead of local sugar.

Posted: June 23rd, 2011 in CDN - Visayas,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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