Manila Bulletin - 2 November 2021
Gov’t yet to consult with farmers on RCEP
By by Madelaine B. Miraflor
The Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) urged the Senate to defer the ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement pending the conduct of consultations with farmers.
In a statement, the FFF pointed out that the Department of Agriculture (DA) has not conducted any formal consultations with farmers and other stakeholders yet on the sGocope and levels of tariff and other commitments it has pledged under the RCEP.
It also said that there should be studies and consultations on the potential impact of the agreement on Philippine agriculture.