The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental yesterday lauded the all-out support of the 22 senators and 28 members of the House of Representatives in opposing the sugar import liberalization, that is being pushed by the economic managers of President Rodrigo Duterte.
On motion of Board Member Miguel Valentino Alonso, the SP unanimously approved a resolution yesterday thanking the 22 senators and 28 solons for making a stand against the sugar import liberalization.
Liberalization is being pushed on the premise that local sugar prices are higher than those in the world market, making local prices and sugar-containing food products for export uncompetitive.
A Senate resolution signed by 22 senators, urged President Duterte to stop the plan of his economic managers to liberalize sugar importation, which would allow unrestricted importation of the sweetener and jeopardize the welfare of sugar farmers and industry workers in more than 20 provinces in the country.
Reacting to the resolution, Agriculture Secretary William Dar earlier said he will see to it that the sugar industry will be more productive, competitive, and profitable.
“The catch up plan is under formulation by SRA (Sugar Regulatory Administration) and will be finished within the month,” Dar said.
The House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture is set to conduct an inquiry into the plight of the sugar industry, including the failure of the Sugar Regulatory Administration to fully implement the Sugar Industry Development Act.
Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer, who presided over the SP regular session yesterday said that a copy of the resolution thanking the 22 senators members for their support to the sugar industry, will be furnished to the Philippine Senate
Tatak Kalamay previously issued a statement strongly condemning what it perceives to be a sell-off of Philippine agriculture, the latest of which was the move to push for sugar import liberalization, with other agricultural sectors, including the rice and hogs industries as well, in the midst of crisis.*
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