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Friday, September 20, 2013

The Rice Problem: Philippines


According to the news, there's allegation that there's corruption going on and a partylist representative wants an inquiry into the rice situation in the Philippines:

A partylist representative on Wednesday said he wants a congressional inquiry into the country’s rice situation, in light of allegations of corruption and the reported irregular rice importation of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Food Authority (NFA) from Vietnam.
 
Rep. Jonathan Dela Cruz of the Abakada-Guro partylist said that an investigation was in order, especially after the exposé that the April 2013’s DA-NFA’s rice importation of 205,700 metric tons (MT) was overpriced by at least P442 million.
 
“These government agencies have a lot of explaining to do,” said Dela Cruz.


From: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/325006/economy/agricultureandmining/partylist-rep-wants-investigation-into-overpriced-rice

If there's corruption going on, this has to be looked at and a solution provided that will stop this.


You should ask yourself some questions:
  • Why are there no clear figures that inform the population of the administration of resources?
  • Why are there no figures kept of how much is actually lost through foreclosure?
  • How much is actually lost through businesses that are going bankrupt?
  • How much is actually lost through people losing their jobs at this stage, unable to participate in the system, unable for instance to pay tax or to buy stuff to increase the revenue streams?
  • How much is wasted by corrupt government officials?
  • How much is directed toward inappropriate placement of tenders?
These are massive amounts beyond belief; how much is happening because there’s no oversight and everybody participating in the system knows one thing: there are resources being stolen and there is maladministration and corruption, that’s why they don’t want transparency, it’s convenient.
We also have to look at the inability of the poor to purchase the basic necessities they need to survive which includes buying rice and other food items to be able to eat 3x a day.

Freedom is in money, it translates as the ability to express yourself in a way where you feel empowered as well as having your Basic Human Rights recognized and dignified. Not having enough money is to disempower people and to force them into crime and as you’ve noticed, massive amounts of money are lost to crime. All these things will stop if we have in place a proper technological system which we can establish with great ease at this stage. We have the technology and the managerial mechanisms to do so. In a matter of a few years, the whole world will be an internet grid and we can make use of all these things to prevent crime and corruption.

http://basicincomeguaranteed.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/basic-income-guaranteed-and-business-transparency/

We need to nationalize resources and create dividends enough to pay for a Basic/Living Income, Guaranteed from birth to death for the poor, the uneducated, the elderly and the unemployed so they can have access to the basic necessities they need to survive and live a dignified life. The earth provided us with enough resources so all will equally survive.


The rice price increase  is being questioned in the news:

Meanwhile, House Resolution 261, also filed by Dela Cruz, directs the House Committee on Food Security to conduct a formal inquiry into the real state of the country’s rice supply, especially amid the rising cost of rice in the market and the reported widespread rice shortage in the country.
 
“The price increment of the lowest commercial grade rice variety rose from P27 per kilo a few months ago to P34 per kilo recently and the nearest next prices stocks of a more edible quality is now at P41 per kilo,” it said. — BM, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/325006/economy/agricultureandmining/partylist-rep-wants-investigation-into-overpriced-rice

Regarding the increase in the price of rice, we have to look at  the value of capital  or human labor used to produce the product, in this case, rice.

Reduction in prices means reduced income for the people who helped produce the rice, which results to unemployment or to less rice supply.

If human labour is considered and people are being paid enough wage to make a decent living, there should be no problem with this,  granted there is no corruption going on.

We have to do the math, though.

From 
Living Income and Lower Pricing


You should take a piece of paper and do some math: if you reduce price which implies that you are reducing the value of labor, you are also reducing income, which is what’s happened now for decades. The real income of the human has decreased, inflation has increased for certain things, some of the basic things have become cheaper and then there’s the enticement about savings.
This lower pricing mechanism exists when you have a machine taking over the human labor – which should be based on a capital and advancement of the human capacity and thus should value the human existence more; however, the opposite has happened. With reduced price, reduced income, unemployment increases yet it is recognized as economic efficiency, a capitalistic type of advancement. At the same time we have exchange rates, where certain countries have a high value currency and others a low value currency, which is then used to transfer resources between countries done under the disguise of corporations – which are owned by politicians – creating monopolies that cause extensive poverty. The fact is that this transfer of resources in theory should benefit all the citizens of a country.
The Basic Minimum Wage has to be higher than the Basic Income Guarantee so people will be motivated to work and express themselves doing work that they enjoy doing which would mean that prices of products may not be very low but because there is a Living Income Guaranteed from birth to death, this will not be a problem, rather, this will create a balanced ecosystem of money where everyone has enough to get the basic necessities they need to survive to live a decent life.
What will be the basic minimum wage where people will be motivated to work?
So, in a Basic Income Guaranteed approach it’s going to be vital to change the ‘living wage’ or the Basic Minimum Wage and here it is suggested that it should be at least double the Basic Income Guaranteed so that it is a motivation for people that would like to live a more extravagant or luxurious life to actually do the work – whether it is a janitor, a road worker, a gardener, a child-minder, whomsoever works – and thus does not depend on the Basic Income Guaranteed, gets a minimum wage that is double the Basic Income Guaranteed, that will ensure that there is motivation for people to do the labor and for those that would like to improve their lives, while the Basic Income Guaranteed ensures that everybody has got enough to make a decent living.
Quote:
"I commit myself to show that when the starting point is life equally respected in each other, the fundamental premise to give so that you may receive is immediately grasped to such an extent that irrational fear evaporates." Bernard Poolman

“I commit myself to restore the common sense trust in the physical reality that is the giver of life, to restore order in an irrational , illusory world of consciousness.” Bernard Poolman

“I commit myself to demonstrate the oneness interdependency between all parts of the physical realm that together form the body that is life through which we have been destroying the Earth, and our life will end and therefore we cannot continue to live as if we are separate of the real reality without permanent consequence.” Bernard Poolman

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