‘Ef­forts vs sugar lib­er­al­iza­tion not yet late’

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

NE­GROS Oc­ci­den­tal Gov­er­nor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yes­ter­day that all the ef­forts to stop the move to lib­er­al­ize the sugar im­port are not yet late.

He added the lead­er­ship of the sugar in­dus­try should work to come up with the so­lu­tion to solve

the prob­lem of the sugar in­dus­try.

Marañon who met with Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Em­manuel Piñol in Cota­bato over the week­end said the agri­cul­ture chief is for the sugar in­dus­try be­cause he is aware that lib­er­al­iza­tion would mean the death of the sugar in­dus­try.

“That’s why the Pres­i­dent should be en­light­ened. Imag­ine how many thou­sands of work­ers would be dis­placed. Sugar is such a huge in­dus­try. It is a P20 bil­lion in­dus­try which will be dis­solved by the lib­er­al­iza­tion,” the gov­er­nor pointed out.

When asked about the traders who are iden­ti­fied by the fi­nance man­agers of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte as the real cul­prits of the high price of sugar in the mar­ket, Marañon said: “that is the re­al­ity. That’s why there will a sugar sum­mit.”

He said he will at­tend the Sugar Sum­mit on Fe­bru­ary 11 to 12 if in­vited.

Sugar Reg­u­la­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tor Hermenegil­do Ser­afica said that for­mer gov­er­nor Rafael Coscol­luela will be the moder­a­tor dur­ing the sum­mit to be held at the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture Of­fice.

He said the sugar in­dus­try will have one voice on the sugar lib­er­al­iza­tion is­sue.*

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