ZUBIRI Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri (3 rd and 4 th from left, standing) with agrarian reform beneficiaries after the Senate inquiry.* ( GPB photo )

Consultative council ok'd for
sugar industry concerns

MANILA – It was“all's well that ends well” during the inquiry on the increasing importation of high fructose corn syrup by beverage companies, which was conducted jointly by the Senate committees on Agriculture and Food, as well as Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, with some issues raised involving personal attacks.

Various stakeholders yesterday agreed on the creation of the Sugar Industry Consultative Council, that will tackle issues and concerns raised by the sugar industry, especially on the importation and use of HFCS by beverage firms, to the detriment of the sugar industry in the country.

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, said he was happy that there was no objection to the implementation of Sugar Order No. 3, which regulates the importation and use of sweeteners and protects the sugar industry. .moremoremore

Piñol cites underspending
for cut in P2B SIDA fund

MANILA- The cut in the P2 billion mandatory annual appropriation for the sugar industry, as stipulated in the Sugar Industry Development Act, which aims to make the industry competitive, was blamed yesterday by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñolon “underspending” by the Sugar Regulatory Administration.

Senator Cynthia Villar, who presided over the joint hearing of the Senate committees on Agriculture and Food and that of the Trade, Commerce and Entreprenuership chaired by Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, on the impact of the rising importation of high fructose corn syrup, said the P2B SIDA annual budget for 2017 has been slashed to P1.4 billion.

Piñol said the Department of Budgetand Management usually cuts the budget, if there is underspending. moremoremore


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Comelec notes 800,000
NegOr registered voters

Negros Oriental provincial election supervisor Eddie Aba yesterday said that the number of registered voters, as of latest count, has risen to an estimated 800,000.

This comes as the Commission on Elections in the province continues with its campaign to ask voters to register for the upcoming Sangguniang Kabataan and Barangay Elections on October 29 this year.

Aba said that there will be no extension of the April 29 deadline for the registration of voters. .