Published November 15, 2019, 3:02 PM
By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senator Cynthia Villar said it is still premature to judge the impact of the Rice Tariffication Law as she maintained that the controversial measure will benefit Filipino rice farmers “in the long run.”
“I think it is good for the farmers in the long run,” Villar, principal author of the Republic Act 11203 in Senate, said when asked by Sen. Panfilo Lacson about its implementation at their plenary deliberation on the Department of Agriculture’s proposed 2020 budget on Wednesday.
When Lacson clarified and pressed Villar on the “present state” of its rollout, Villar continued: “Because we will be distributing machines, we will be distributing seeds, we