A labor group said it doubts that the Sugarcane Industry Development Act will answer the problems of Negros Occidental's major industry.
"The law will not solve the worsening sugar industry situation faced with the influx of cheap sugar brought by the neo-liberal economic policy," Ian Evidente, National Federation of Labor Unions-Kilusang Mayo Uno Region 6 coordinator, said.
"It will pave the way for the more people without land and re-confiscation of land due to the bloc farming program advocated by the Sugar Regulatory Administration," Evidente said.
There will be also more corruption from the misuse of the P2 billion sugar fund, he said.
Labor leader Winnie Sancho, on the other hand, said "We have a guarded optimism on this law.”
The law will provide a P2-billion annual allocation for programs to strengthen the competitiveness and diversification efforts of the sugarcane industry to survive the drop in tariffs on imports under the ASEAN Free Trade Area agreement that kicked off this year.*
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