Author Archives: LEO XL Y. FUENTES, JR.

4 weeks ago

PORK IS SAFE

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PORK IS SAFE

Meat vendors at Bankerohan Market place a tarpaulin to assure consumers that their pork is safe amidst the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Davao City. (Leo XL Y. Fuentes Jr./davaotoday.com)

1 month ago

ASF in Davao and a weak livestock industry

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ASF in Davao and a weak livestock industry

The past week was devastating as African Swine Fever (ASF) claimed the lives of pigs and livelihood of Davaoeño hog-raisers noting at least 3,000 hogs were culled to prevent further spread. Farmers along Calinan district and nearby communities were worried as backyard hog-raising is one of their sources of income.

6 months ago

A badge of honor

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A badge of honor

Earlier this week, an online community page named “Lapu-Lapu” maliciously vilified me and our news site Davao Today as “fake news and NPA sympathizer”. Such accusation and vilification against me and Davao Today is purely baseless.

7 months ago

Rice liberalization and VILLARization of farmlands

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Rice liberalization and VILLARization of farmlands

Earlier this week a senate hearing was conducted due to the plumetting prices of Palay (unhusked rice). During the aforesaid hearing, farmers and civil society organizations raised their concern that farmgate prices of palay dropped as low as P7 per kilo, leaving farmers in a disastrous position. Thus pointing out that price drop was caused by the influx of cheap imported rice as import restrictions were removed under Republic Act 11203 or infamously known as Rice Liberalization Law.

7 months ago

I told you so!

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I told you so!

At the onset of the Duterte administration, I shared the optimism of my good friends along with millions fellow Filipinos for a substantial and genuine change especially in agricultural policies.

1 year ago

Mindanao rice farmers and the curse of RTL

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Mindanao rice farmers and the curse of RTL

For the past weeks, we in MASIPAG Mindanao carefully monitor the current prices of Palay and well-milled rice to see the direct impact relative to the promises made by the Duterte government upon its ratification of RA 11203 or commonly known as the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL).