MERGE Negros Occidental union leaders tear up a “Proposed Sugar Import Liberalization” streamer at a press conference yesterday* (ABS-CBN Bacolod photo)

Save sugar industry
call raised in House


Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya Wednesday night called on his colleagues in the House of Representatives to make a stand against sugar import liberalization in behalf of the a grarian reform beneficiaries and the marginalized small farmers that make up almost 90 percent of the country’s sugar producers.

He appealed to members of the House to ensure that “this new face of the industry” will have enough to send their children to school and that their families will never go hungry again.

Instead of delivering his privilege speech, Gasataya made a manifestation on the floor Wednesday night for its inclusion as part of the session notes. moremoremore

‘Persona non grata’ tag eyed

About 27 multi-sectoral organizations in Negros Occidental condemned government officials who support the move to liberalize sugar importation and warned them to immediately cease and desist or they will be tagged as persona-non-grata by their groups in the province.

The leaders of the organizations in their statement of solidarity, opposed the sugar import deregulation move as they tore up a streamer with thewords “Proposed Sugar Import Liberalization”, in a restaurant in Bacolod City yesterday.

In a press conference led by the Solidarity of Workers in the Sugar Industry and Save the Sugar Industry Movement, convenor Wennie Sancho said that the government officials who are pushing for the proposal should stop what they are doing. moremoremore


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‘Make sugar poll issue’

Sugar industry stakeholders should support national and local candidates who have demonstrated their concern for the sugar industry, the ARBs Sugar Farmers Federation – Kilusang Pagbabago said in a press release yesterday.

“Let us support the ten senators who introduced the senate resolution urging the country’s economic managers to stop pursuing their plan to liberalize sugar importation,” said Aaron Sorbito, chairman of the ARB federation which has eleven member-associations in Negros.

On Wednesday senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito, Sonny Angara, Richard Gordon, Koko Pimentel, Nancy Binay, Joel Villanueva, Sherwin Gatchalian and Loren Legarda passed a resolution exhorting the executive department to abandon the proposal to deregulate sugar importation.