A Republic Act Not Really for the Republic Mass

A Republic Act Not Really for the Republic Mass

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Kathleen Almazan started this petition to Department of Agriculture and

On February 15, 2019, Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed the Republic Act No. 11203 otherwise known as the Rice Tarrification Law or Rice Liberalization Act as an officially recognized act. The passing of this law caused huge debates among Filipinos regarding its urgency and importance. Some say that it will help most of the Filipinos because its goal is to drop the prices for rice in the market. Consequently, other people argue that it brings forth a very negative effect to our Filipino farmer’s livelihood. This law imposes the tarrification of rice imports which lifts the quantitative limitations and/or restrictions on the import of rice. Republic Act No. 11203 or the Rice Tarrification Law should be nulled due to its recognizable adverse effects on the farmers’ livelihoods.

The Rice Tariffication Law  gave way to swindling traders to take advantage of local farmers’ lack of access to storage barns, milling, and more farming facilities necessary to operate much more efficiently. The Rice Tariffication Law, pictured to be beneficial to the masses, has still done close to nothing good for the mass. They say that the law will help the local farmers to be competitive and able to keep up with the foreign investors yet it only brought more distress to the farmers since it only puts them in more debts while still being unable to sustain their daily needs. Numerous negative effects already spring up just six months after its implementation back March 5th, 2019.  The rice tariffication law was one of the measures eyed by the country’s economic managers to help address soaring inflation by allowing the public access to cheap rice.

The Rice Tarrification Law is a Republic Act not truly intended for the whole republic mass. It takes away the ability of farmers to earn income from their livelihood within their own homeland while foreign traders get the most out of this law. Truth be told, the foreign countries in which the Philippines has an import deal with gain the most benefit out of the law while the local farmers get the absolute worst of it. RA 11203 should be stopped as soon as possible, it’s not yet too late. Don't kill farmers lives!

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