House Resolution 512 was filed Monday by La Union Representative Thomas Dumpit Jr., member of the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino founded by the President herself.
"The urgency of the situation compels drastic measures on the part of the government in order to address pressing need on the rice crisis, whereby mitigating, if not eliminating, the colossal effects of the crisis," Dumpit
said in the resolution.
"In view of the massive proportions of the crisis and in order to effectively address the same, there is a compelling need to treat the rice problem as a calamity and grant her Excellency
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo emergency powers in a restrictive scope," he
The additional and special emergency powers, the lawmaker said, should focus only on the rice shortage in the country.
In filing the resolution, Dumpit
pointed out the effects of the worldwide rice crisis as shown by the soaring prices of the staple in the country.
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