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Iloilo SP wants Marcos to expedite aid to sugar farmers

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The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Iloilo has urged President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to expedite the distribution of national government assistance to sugar farmers.

Last Tuesday, the SP unanimously approved a resolution calling for the immediate implementation of Republic Act No. (RA) 10659 or the Sugar Industry Development Act, which provides subsidies to sugar farmers and calls for the use of all available unshipped export sugar before resorting to importation.

“SRA (must) realize the need to tap all available unshipped export sugar to augment the supply of sugar instead of resorting to importation, which the public at large knows benefits the favored traders of the old SRA board,” read part of the resolution sponsored by 3rd District Provincial Board member Matt Palabrica. (https://bit.ly/3D1v5wv)

Despite two successive sugar imports of 200,000 metric tons under Sugar Order No. 3 (Series of 2021-2022) and 150,000 metric tons under Sugar Order No. 2 (Series of 2022-2033), sugar prices in the country have not stabilized, according to Palabrica.

Vice Governor Christine Garin and all board members in attendance co-sponsored the resolution.

A copy of the resolution will also be furnished to Sugar Regulatory Administration administrator David Alba.

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