China lets Philippine bananas in


Cavendish bananas from Mindanao. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

China has allowed 30 to 40 container vans of Philippine bananas into the country after earlier denying them entry for supposedly harboring insects, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte relayed this “little bit of good news for us’’ in a press briefing at the Palace, saying the government had “progressed in resolving the phytosanitary issue’’ between Manila and Beijing over the Cavendish bananas.

“We received word (on Tuesday) that 30 to 40 containers had been allowed to pass in China,’’ Valte told reporters.

She said the Department of Agriculture (DA) will double check all banana exports before they leave the country.

On top of that, Valte said, the DA and its Chinese counterpart had agreed “that once the exports arrive there (China), they will be subjected to a joint inspection to quickly resolve any phytosanitary issues.’’

She said the DA and other agencies were discussing short-term measures to help out the banana industry which is reeling from import restrictions imposed by China after the Spratlys issue blew up.

Valte said she was not at liberty to divulge the measures being discussed.

Asked if the government continued to look for other markets for Philippine bananas, she replied in the affirmative.

President Benigno Aquino III earlier suggested banana growers to look for other markets after China imposed restrictions.

China imports 30 percent of the bananas the Philippines produces.

At least 1,500 container vans of Philippine bananas were held for inspection in major Chinese ports including Dailian, Shanghai, Tianjin, Beijing and Qingdao after insects were supposedly found in the fruit. Christine O. Avendaño

Originally posted: 8:05 pm | Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

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  • tom_batuta

    If you guys hve access to CCTV, Just watch the “Dialogue” program with John Mearsheimer as guest. And boy, It was a true eye-opener. Made me really laugh – anchorman can only say – You’re cute Mr. John when he ran out of ideas, hahaha.

    Any ASEAN country will not win a war with China but this war will be the job of the USA. The fact is USA will contain China because of their insatiable appetite for oil/gas/energy and their growing economy is being used to fund their military strength – which the US doesn’t like. China has been grabbing land from Xinjiang, Tibet and Mongolia to explore for energy sources and now that the west Phil Sea is showing signs of a good prospect, they want to take over it. China has a target to double its gas production by 2015. 

  • Steve

    Kung tutusin .. wala namang espesyal na pangamgailangan ang China sa Pinas ! dangat may komersyong bilateral ang dalawang bansa . magiging ‘di makatwiran ..kung sila lang ( China) ang magluluwas ng mga produkto patungong Pinas at walang produktong aangkatin mula Pinas !  magkakaroon ng “trade imbalanced ” na papabor sa China ! Kaya’t ang china ..bagamat walang pangangailangan sa Pinas , ay sa pilitang  aangkat para magkaroon ng balanseng kalakalan ang dalawang bansa !

    • edgar

      pano mo nasabi na walang kelangan ang china sa pilipinas? mas malaki ang export ng pilipinas papuntang sa china ngayon. meron nga trade surplus eh. kung wala pala, dapat huminto ng pamumuhunan ang mga chinese sa pilipinas. sa ibang bansa nalang sila pumunta. pati mga contractor nila, pauwiin na rin.

    • tom_batuta

      Kakatawa Tagalog google neto. Mali mali at parang makata mag salita. Mag mandarin ka na lang.

    • AntiAko

      Hahahahaha… is this the most illogical and dumbest comment you can make? 

    • chris

      e kung ganun din lang ang usapan …. mas madali yan…… kami na lang ang huhuli ng mga yamang dagat dito sa dagat malapit sa aming bansa…… at saka bilhin nyo ang produkto para maging balanse ang kalakalan…… kung kukunin nyo mismo ang yamang dagat namin, ano pa ang ibebenta namin sa inyo……. di ba mas makatwiran to? bilhin nyo na lang ang mga prutas at isda namin, at bibili din kami ng mga produkto nyo….. .  e di walang pagtatalunan, peace on earth

    • IanAlera

      Replying to Steve,

      Tang NA MU. Intsik beho. In case of a war –it is easy to find you. We will find you in Divisoria, and Binondo and in China town. We will find you in subdivisions.

  • intsikbeho

    ako hilig saging

  • Hero

    Everything about the Chinese culture is violence, death, fighting. We’re not the monkeys. You are! Chinese kill and eat babies! They even eat monkey testicles for vitality. “Oh! look at me! Very stupid! Chinese kung fool!”

    • Henri

       One of the worst tools that dysfunctional individuals have in their kit
      is the art of belittling others. This is done in order to make the
      aggressor feel bigger, better while making the other person feel smaller
      and worse. Like any individual who uses a negative tactic in relating
      to others, belittlers started early in life, usually with a more
      helpless sibling, and with the support or negligence of at least one

      — Elizabeth M Young

      • IanAlera

        Replying to Henri

        Intsik beho. In case of a war –it is easy to find you. We will find you in Divisoria, and Binondo and in China town. We will find you in subdivisions.

  • Wan

    “President Benigno Aquino III earlier suggested banana growers to look for other markets after China imposed restrictions.” .. mas mainam po cguro n suhestiyon Mr President e pakitulungan po ninyo o ng gobyerno natin yung mga banana growers na makakita ng other markets.. instead na ibato na lang po sa kanila lahat ng kailangang gawin pati maghanap ng other markets while the govt only collect taxes.. hindi po ba pwedeng gawin ng mga embassies at consular offices natin sa ibang bansa ang pagmarket o magasisti man lang maexport ng mga Pinoy products?

    Mas maganda po sana kung ang nakasulat ay ganito –

    “President Benigno Aquino III earlier assured banana growers that the present administration would assist in finding other markets after China imposed restrictions.”

    Sana po ganito lagi ang aksyon ng pamahalaan pagdating sa mga Pinoy products na pwede export. Laging nakaalalay ang gobyerno. 

  • Pinoy_Reich

    100 Chinese fishing boats in Panatag Shoal in exchange for 40 containers of bananas that China will buy from the Philippines.

    • Bo_XiLai

      Good deal for Pilipin. I will get your 1460 cont. banana in exchange for Reed and Spratly.

  • IanAlera


    Buy local, support local industries.

    • juantamadnatamad

      I like the buy local and support local industries. It sounds better and it is our duty too. We dont even need to say “Boycott China made products”.

      • IanAlera



  • dennis

    “China lets Philippine bananas in”…..This is in exchange to an argument of China´s having more or less 100 vessels in Scarborough Shoal!…..I better let those bananas go to other country aside from China….Why? China lang ba ang pwedeng kumain ng saging???

  • catmanjohn

    The  Philippines should sanction sending bananas to China. Bananas are one of the healthiest fruits to eat, so it should used to leverage demands for their immediate withdrawal from the disputed areas. Sell the bananas to Russia, Japan, and S. Korea, who probably would gladly take on the surplus supplies.

  • juantamadnatamad

    Instead of growing bananas in the Philippines can we instead grow rice so we don’t need to import them? I mean why are we growing bananas when we are importing rice? Is there a study done on this?

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