Rice Crisis (News around the Brgy)

Rice Crisis Makes Wage Hike More Urgent

Vol. VIII, No. 12, April 27-May 3, 2008

Children begging in the streets at night
Knocking on cars till the morning light
People standing in line for a kilo of rice
Welcome to the Dark Ages, the era of lies…

— The Jerks, “Rage”

For Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU or May 1st Movement) chairman Elmer “Bong” Labog, the rice crisis presently plaguing the country makes a legislated P125 nationwide, across-the-board wage increase all the more urgent. The rice crisis, he said, worsens workers’ already miserable conditions.

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Gloria seeks to end
NFA rice imports
Escudero: It’s like captain abandoning ship

PRESIDENT Arroyo yesterday said the National Food Authority may leave the business of importing rice to the private sector if prices remain at current high levels.

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Greenpeace slams DA for ignoring warnings on US rice shipments

Manila — Greenpeace revealed last week that despite their
repeated warnings, two GMO-contaminated rice varieties have slipped into
the Philippines once again. Greenpeace commissioned tests have detected
the presence of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in two imported US
long grain rice brands, Blue Ribbon Texas Long Grain and Riceland
Arkansas Long Grain that are being sold in S&R Supermarkets in the capital.

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Alert raised on entry of ‘GE rice’

A NATIONAL organization of farmers and scientists, warned the public and local government units (LGUs) Saturday on the possible entry into the local market of some genetically engineered (GE) rice and similar other ‘Franken food’.  

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Abrenians fear losing their rice to mines

“Awanen! Uray adda pay koma’t magapas… no alaen amin ti minas dagiti taltalon, ania ngay ti mabalin dagiti mannalon?” (It is all gone. Although there are yet palay to harvest… if the fields would be eaten up by the mines, what is there left for the farmers?) one of three farmers of Baay-Licuan in Abra said to my disbelief.  

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