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Po­si­tion pa­pers, res­o­lu­tions op­pos­ing sugar lib­er­al­iza­tion to be sub­mit­ted to Mala­cañang

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

SUGAR Board Mem­ber Emilio Yulo III re­vealed yes­ter­day that sev­eral lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUS) in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal have al­ready ex­pressed their sup­port for the sugar in­dus­try by pass­ing res­o­lu­tions op­pos­ing the plan of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s eco­nomic man­agers to lib­er­al­ize the sugar in­dus­try.

Among th­ese LGUS that have al­ready sub­mit­ted their re­spec­tive res­o­lu­tions are the prov­ince of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, Bacolod City, Silay City, Tal­isay City, Hi­ma­may­lan City,

Bi­nal­ba­gan, Is­abela and La Castel­lana, Yulo said.

Yulo said they also ex­pect the same res­o­lu­tion from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Chief Ex­ec­u­tives and the League of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and Cities in the prov­ince.

He said they will gather all the res­o­lu­tions and po­si­tion pa­pers of the LGUS, groups, and or­ga­ni­za­tions then sub­mit it to the eco­nomic man­agers of the Pres­i­dent and Duterte.

Yulo ex­plained that Bud­get Sec­re­tary Ben­jamin Dio­kno is se­ri­ous about his pro­posal to abol­ish re­stric­tions on im­ported sugar that will come into the coun­try to ad­dress the prob­lem on the high price of sugar.

This, af­ter Dio­kno ad­mit­ted that his an­nounce­ment was based on the col­le­gial de­ci­sion and not his per­sonal state­ment only.

“He is se­ri­ous. The col­le­gial body de­cided the lib­er­al­iza­tion, which means all eco­nomic plan­ners are into this,” Yulo re­vealed.

That’s why Yulo lamented that the unity of all the stake­hold­ers of the sugar in­dus­try is im­por­tant at this point to stop the plan.

“We should not al­low that what hap­pened to the prov­ince dur­ing the 80s would hap­pen again due to the col­lapse of the sugar in­dus­try. The sugar in­dus­try just re­cov­ered from the ad­viser ef­fect of high fruc­tose corn syrup and here we are again, fac­ing an­other chal­lenge,” Yulo pointed out.

From the price of P1,600 per sack, the price of sugar dropped to the av­er­age of P120 per sack since Dio­kno an­nounced the plan to lib­er­al­ize the sugar in­dus­try.

The first to be af­fected are the small farm­ers that com­posed about 83 per­cent of the sugar pro­duc­ers in the prov­ince due to the agrar­ian re­form pro­gram of the gov­ern­ment.

Be­fore any pol­icy, which is detri­men­tal to the con­cerned in­dus­try, is made, a con­sul­ta­tive ap­proach should be ob­served, Yulo stressed.*

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