(Editor's Note: Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's office issued a statement on Aug. 8 saying she was 'not advocating' reduced tariffs on meat.)
MANILA - House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has urged President Rodrigo Duterte to issue an executive order that will reduce tariff on fish and meat imports to ease inflation, a lawmaker said Monday.
Albay 2nd Rep. Joey Salceda said Arroyo seeks to lower tariff for imports on fish, rice, meat, poultry, corn, wheat flour, and vegetables.
Since rice is covered by quantitative restrictions, higher importation through the National Food Authority, wherein tax expenditures will offset tariffs.
For rice, it will mean pure additional importation of 500,000 to 800,000 metric tons.
Republic Act (RA) 10863 or an act modernizing customs and tariff administration, Salceda said, empowers the President in Section 1608 for this purpose.
Salceda said the executive order can be amended by the President in the next recess or by Congressional legislation and will be in effect until amended or modified by either action.
The minimum period in effect, Salceda added, is about 6 months before restoring these protective tariffs to domestic producers.
Salceda has been designated as Arroyo's special focal person for counter-inflation. - report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News