Martinez agrees with Piñol proposal on seized rice Print
Saturday, 01 September 2018 12:44

by REMUS ONG

Zamboanga District Collector Atty. Lyceo Martinez has agreed with the proposal by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol that confiscated rice should be sold to the poor.

Martinez said that this can lead to a decrease in the price of rice and help solve the rice shortage problem of the city.

Martinez, however, said that laws should be amended or a special decree ordered by the President to make the solution feasible.

Martinez said that the proposal is favorable to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) since it will bring more income.

“‘If we apprehend  imported rice coming from outside the country without proper permit, the procedure there is to document the said apprehended items.  We issue a warrant and seizure detention order (wsd) and after the inventory, we will call  for bidding.”  Martinez explained.

There is normally no claimant for rice shipped without the appropriate permit.

Piñol’s proposal is reportedly drawing mixed reactions, most of which are negative.

A post by Piñol on his Facebook page reads:

“So much fuss has been stirred by my proposal to establish a rice trading center in Tawi-Tawi Province to give government full control of the illegal rice trade in the Southern Part of the Philippines”

Martinez said that he hopes the proposal will push through since it will bring in more revenue for the country.  He doubts, however, that the proposal will gain support since some congressmen have expressed their opposition.  (Remus Ong)