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"Rice Liberalization Law and government's importation and liberalization policies as the culprits behind increasing rice prices"
The townsfolk are urged to gather discarded materials such as plastic wrappers, shampoo sachets and other packaging materials
The farmers urged the government to purchase at least 20 percent of the estimated 19.96 million metric tons of local rice production
“We pray that our leaders find a just solution to the issues of smuggling, hoarding and the high price of rice,” said Bishop Roberto Mallari
“If the plight of the farmers will not be addressed ... everyone else in the country will starve"