MANILA, Philippines — It is “crucial” for the government to “act now” and compensate farmers for losses amounting to P61.77 billion due to flood of rice imports, Senator Francis Pangilinan said.
“Farmers must begin receiving cash compensation now to reimburse them for what they have already lost. This money will not only help them—and consequently help us rice consumers—continue farming, but in fact just survive,” Pangilinan said in a statement on Sunday.
“The crucial matter is that the government must act now,” he added.
According to the senator, his staff was able to interview the wife of a farmer in Nueva Ecija who a…