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Christmas food and agricultural productivity

What do Filipino households spend most on during Christmas? You guessed it: food.  The Philippines is also the country that proportionately spends the most on Christmas food, according to a 2023 worldwide survey of 23 countries by WorldRemit. The survey classified Christmas spending according to three categories: food, decorations and gifts. A Filipino household on...


Gov’t can ill afford Palace’s ‘populist’ policies on rice, says ex-finance official

The Marcos administration’s imposition of a price cap on rice and new prices for palay as well as its subsidy for rice retailers could be “costly” to the government, according to resigned finance undersecretary Cielo Magno. The government can ill afford the costs arising from the three policy packages because these are not part of...


Kiko Pangilinan on how to empower small farmers

Small farmers are “still the best hope” for feeding a fast-growing population, according to former senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, author of the Sagip Saka Act that is aimed at easing the lives of over 10 million Filipinos who produce the country’s food.  Farming is arduous, as demonstrated by those who till the soil. It can...


Jaime Tadeo: the rebirth of the Philippine peasant movement

Editor’s note: Jaime “Ka Jimmy” Tadeo, farmer organizer and delegate to the 1986 constitutional convention, died on March 26, 2023. He was 84. The collapse of the peasant-led Huk rebellion in the early 1950s also led to the demise of militant peasant movements such as the National Union of Peasants of the Philippines, the League...