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Filipino fishermen among the poorest in the country, says Senator Pangilinan

Senator Francis Pangilinan said while the Philippines’ trade revenues from fishery reach an average US$954-million each year but the country’s 1.7-million fisher folk are among the poorest due to lack of clear-cut agenda for the sector. Pangilinan proposed the creation of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR) that will tap the vast marine […]

President Duterte’s apology is laudable — Pangilinan

Senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan on Sunday lauded the apology of President Rodrigo Duterte for the ‘harsh words’ he uttered to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno amid the intensified anti-illegal drug campaign of the government. “We welcome President Duterte’s public apology for his “harsh words” meant for Chief Justice Sereno. It shows that he is willing […]

Pangilinan pushes for calamity-ready rice reserve

To mitigate the crippling effects of a possible La Niña, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is proposing a measure that would establish a strategic rice reserve to help ensure food security in times of calamity. “Rice is a staple food of the Filipinos. As preparation for the rainy season, we must ensure that there is enough […]

NFA MAY NOT IMPORT ADDITIONAL RICE FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2016

  With figures from the Food Security Committee showing sufficient rice supply until the end of June, the National Food Authority (NFA) Council unanimously decided in its 106th regular meeting on Tuesday, January 26, that the country may not need to import rice for the first quarter of this year. The decision took into consideration […]

FOOD SECURITY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS BEEFING-UP PHL RICE STOCKS FOR EL NIÑO

There is no better option than being prepared. The looming impact of the El Niño phenomenon has prompted the Inter-agency Food Security Committee (FSC) on Rice to allow the National Food Authority (NFA) Council to proceed with the importation of the 250,000 MT standby authority to beef up the country’s rice stocks. FSC chaired by […]

Commercial rice prices continue to dive

Prices of commercial rice were monitored to be decreasing contrary to reports that rice prices have gone up. NFA Administrator Renan Dalisay, during actual inspection of rice sold in public markets in General Santos City sourced from Surala, South Cotabato today, observed that rice prices in the area were recorded between as low as P32 […]

OPAFSAM, NFA SEIZE P15‐M WORTH OF SMUGGLED RICE

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (OPAFSAM) and the National Food Authority (NFA) on Wednesday seized P15 million worth of illegally imported rice as part of a continuing effort to ensure food security in the country. Food Security Secretary Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and NFA Administrator Renan Dalisay, together with […]

Aquino eyes 2 senators for Cabinet

Juliet Labog-JavellanaPhilippine Daily InquirerJune 7, 2012 LONDON –  President Benigno Aquino III has said that he was considering two senators, whose terms will expire next year, to join  his Cabinet. In an interview with reporters here, Aquino said  he planned to tap Senators Francis  Pangilinan and Panfilo Lacson to be part of his team  if […]

Ping, Kiko to join Cabinet: Lacierda

David DizonABS-CBNnews.comJune 7, 2012 MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang confirmed Thursday that Senators Panfilo Lacson and Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan will soon be joining President Aquino’s Cabinet. Asked if the appointments are already sure, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda nodded and said: “They have been very supportive of the bills of the President sa Senado so we certainly […]

Hike in judiciary budget eyed

June 5, 2012Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – A Senator on Tuesday said the government should allocate more funds to the country’s judiciary to improve the justice system. In an ANC interview, Sen. Francis Pangilinan said he sees no reason why the government can not allot some P4 billion or P5 billion to the budget of […]