By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
After President Rodrigo Duterte recently named the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) a corrupt government agency and proposed its possible abolition, United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines (Unifed) President Manuel Lamata said he was surprised by the announcement and called an emergency meeting of the group, scheduled to take place today.
During a radio interview yesterday morning, Lamata said he hopes the president does not proceed with his plans and suggested the officials he suspects of being corrupt be dealt with, not the entire board.
It was reported, among the agencies labeled corrupt, one had hired consultants who were paid P200,000 a month. In response, General Alliance of Workers Association (GAWA) Secretary-General Wennie Sancho earlier explained SRA consultants are approved by the SRA board.
The Unifed leader said if the agency were abolished, there would be no regulating body to oversee the sugar industry./WDJ