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Rice and Philippine Politics

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  • Intal, Ponciano Jr. S.
  • Garcia, Marissa C.

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Using a political economy perspective, this paper establishes the strong relationship between rice and politics and explains recent developments in the Philippine rice landscape. Results of the analysis show that the price of rice has been a significant determinant in election results since the 1950s, with the exception of 1998, where despite stable prices, the candidate from the incumbent administration failed to win the presidential elections. In addition, reliance by the Philippine government primarily on price instruments to achieve its rice objectives and to protect farmer and consumer interests has not resulted in any substantial improvements in rice production. In fact, the shift to rice protection since the 1980s has failed to stabilize domestic rice prices and has effectively penalized the poorer households. This has been traced largely to the failure of the National Food Authority to provide timely, accurate, and appropriate intervention in the country’s rice market. If the Philippines is to achieve sustained, stable rice supply at low prices and at the same time promote rice consumer and producer welfare, the adoption of a private-focused, market-based regulatory regime without a rice trading parastatal (but with rice emergency reserves, not for price stabilization) remains as a long-term objective.

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Paper provided by Philippine Institute for Development Studies in its series Discussion Papers with number DP 2005-13.

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Length: 30
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:phd:dpaper:dp_2005-13

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Keywords: politics; political economy; rice; rice politics;

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Cited by:
  1. Mina, Christian D. & Reyes, Celia M., 2009. "Profitable Use of SCF in a Policy Context: the Case of Rice Stockholding in the Philippines," Discussion Papers DP 2009-09, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  2. Celia M. Reyes & Alellie B. Sobrevinas & Joel Bancolita & Jeremy de Jesus, 2009. "Analysis of the Impact of Changes in the Prices of Rice and Fuel on Poverty in the Philippines," Development Economics Working Papers 22687, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  3. de Guzman, Rosalina G. & Mina, Christian D. & Crean, Jason & Parton, Kevin & Reyes, Celia M., 2009. "Incorporating Regional Rice Production Models in Rice Importation Simulation Model: a Stochastic Programming Approach," Discussion Papers DP 2009-28, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  4. Senate Economic Planning Office SEPO, 2012. "Subsidizing the National Food Authority: Is It a Good Policy?," Working Papers id:4814, eSocialSciences.

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