- Some groups of farmers admitted getting hurt by the Rice Tariffication Law
- They said that the law only got them even bigger debts
- However, Sen. Cynthia Villar does not believe that the price of rice dropped to as low as P7 per kilo
Many farmers protest against the Rice Tariffication Law and the reported drop of palay farmgate prices to as low as P7 per kilo in Nueva Ecija.
KAMI learned that the farmers even had larger debts due to the Rice Tariffication Law.
In a report by GMA Network (author Dona Magsino), law author Sen. Cynthia Villar does not believe that the prices dropped that low.
"Siguro dapat 'yung mga naapektuhan ng disaster puntahan niyo na at tulungan niyo para hindi sila salita nang salita na ang presyo ng palay ay P6, P7, P8," Villar said.
"Wala na tayong choice kasi after 22 years we have to liberalize because that is the agreement with WTO,” she added.
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As reported by Rappler, some small farmers affected by the Rice Tariffication Law will not be receiving conditional cash transfers from the government.
However, according to the Department of Agriculture, the farmers may avail zero-interest loans.
Senator Cynthia Aguilar Villar is currently serving her second term in the Senate after she topped the race in the May 2019 polls. She is the wife of Philippines’ richest man and former Senator Manny Villar.
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