Unlike delays in TRAIN Law
VP Leni asks admin to ensure timely, sufficient safety nets for local farmers, as rice tariffication bill signed
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday reiterated that the administration must ensure that Filipino farmers will be supported amid the expected effects of the newly-signed rice tariffication law.
VP Leni, a lawyer for the poor who has worked with farmer groups in fighting for their rights, underscored the importance of the proper implementation of safety nets for local farmers when the government lifts restrictions on rice importation.
She said this is equally important in the implementation of the law, noting how the government failed to do this on time when it rolled out the TRAIN Law.
“Sigurado na mababawasan iyong kita [ng mga magsasaka], kaya crucial dito sa usapin ano iyong gagawin para hindi maapektuhan nang masama iyong mga magsasaka,” Robredo said in her weekly radio show.
“Iyong nakakatakot lang dito, kung gagawin natin na test run iyong nangyari sa TRAIN Law, na napakabagal noong pag-implement ng mga safety nets para sa mga mahihirap, talagang maghihirap pang lalo iyong mga magsasaka,” she also said.
VP Leni had earlier expressed her support for the passage of the rice tariffication bill, a measure that the administration has eyed to help further ease the price of rice in the market.
While acknowledging that the law may be able to help give consumers more affordable rice, Robredo has led the call for the government to ensure that safety nets are in place, so that the burden will not be too heavy on local farmers—who are already among the poorest sectors in the country.