By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
During a press conference yesterday, various officials within the sugar industry expressed their opposition to a proposal to begin importing sugar, with Jose Maria Montinola of the Victorias Planters Association saying there is “no need to import sugar.”
“The milling season has just started,” he explained. “There will be supply.”
Jun de la Cruz of the National Congress of Unions in the Sugar Industry of the Philippines added, the proposal was made “without consulting the workers;” a point echoed by Enrique Tayo of the Negros Occidental Federation of Farmers Association.
In response to the cabinet cluster on economic development’s claims importation would address riding inflation, Winnie Sancho of the General Alliance of Workers Association said it would do the opposite.
“It will instead led to economic disaster with many small farmers and cooperatives forced to close down because of low sugar prices caused by sugar importation,” he explained. “Many workers will lose jobs.”/DGB, WDJ