When the price of rice (local and imported) skyrocketed a year ago or so, it created long queues in many cities in the PH, forcing the government to find a stop-gap solution and prevent a potential flash point that could lead to mass unrest.
Voila! The economic managers of President Duterte said rice tarrification was the answer to our rice problem.
Senator Cynthia Villar agreed and she endorsed the rice tarrification bill in the senate floor.
On February 14, 2019, President Duterte signed the rice tarrification bill aka Republic Act No 11203 into a law or “An Act liberalizing the the importation, exportation, and trading of rice, lifting for the purpose the quantitative import restriction on rice.”
Instead of limiting rice importation in the country, rice imports will just be slapped with a tariff. [Link here]
The aim of the rice tarrification law is to help consumers gain access to cheap rice in the market.
On one hand, the rice tarrification law has a downside to the farmers.
The bad effects of rice tarrification law is now being felt by the rice farmers. For example, the price of rice grain is now being bought from the rice farmers at P7/kilo.
The social media has been flooded by post calling on the Duterte government and the senators to look at the plight the farmers rather than paying too much attention to the plight of the LGBT community.
While some are looking for people to blame and one of the main targets now in social media as the culprit of the rice tarrification law is none other than Senator Cynthia Villar. Why?
I urged you to read the full FB post of netizen Reymond Reyes why his rant on Facebook deserves some space on this blog.
Ngayon ko lang na gets kung bakit pilit ipinasa ni Cynthia Villar ang Rice Tarrification Law. Malulugi nga naman kasi ang mga magsasaka natin dahil sa bumabahang imported na bigas. At dahil diyan, mapipilitan ang mga pobreng magsasaka na tumigil na sa pagsasaka at ‘ibenta na lang ang lupang sinasaka nila’. Kanino ibebenta? Sino ang bibili? Yan ang rason kung bakit unti-unting nauubos ang lupang sakahan at puro Camella na lang ang dating taniman ng mga palay.
Hindi ba naisip ng gobyerno natin na dapat agrikultura, turismo ang dapat pagtuunan ng pansin. Ganyan na ba kababaw magisip ang mga Senador natin ngayon na imbes tulungan ang mga Pilipinong magsasaka, iisahan pa nila. Mahirap talaga maging mahirap sa Pinas, sarili mo pang gobyerno ang maglulubog sayo para lalo kang maghirap. At ang mayayaman, sila lang ang makikinabang. Makuntento ka naman Villar..