Yap Could Learn From Tadeo

Yap As Rice Czar Won’t Solve Crisis -- Senators
By Veronica Uy
First Posted 18:18:00 04/22/2008

Senators called the designation of Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap as rice czar by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo a mere change of title that is not likely to solve the country’s problem with the staple cereal.

Yap was named rice czar during Tuesday’s meeting of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC), Senate Majority Leader Francis Pangilinan said.

"There was a designation of a rice czar. Secretary [Arthur] Yap will focus on rice situation and an executive order will be issued [in this regard]," Pangilinan said.

But Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Manuel Roxas II, and Francis Escudero said Yap’s designation is not the solution to the rice crisis .

Santiago described Yap's designation as “cosmetic” and a mere change in terminology, adding that the post of rice czar is a short-term solution to the rice problem when what is needed is a long-term solution.

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More than anything else, it is practical knowledge accumulated through many years of actual experience that could make a czar truly succeed in his assignment.

Have you seen the latest episode of ANC's Strictly Politics entitled "The Politics of Rice"? Time was just too short to savor every word that Ka Jimmy spoke concerning our nation's rice crisis (and the situation of Philippine agriculture in general).

In that episode, those who do not know Ka Jimmy (especially the younger generations) can get a glimpse of his vast knowledge and experience regarding rice problem in the Philippines and how to solve it. Don't miss the replay on Saturday.

Ka Jimmy would be a better czar than Ka Arthur.