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NegOcc SP lauds Senate stand on sugar liberalization proposal

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The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Negros Occidental lauded the support of the 22 senators and 28 members of the House of Representatives against the proposed liberalization of sugar imports.

The SP unanimously approved a resolution on Wednesday, thanking the lawmakers for making a stand on sugar import liberalization.

Liberalization is being pushed on the premise that local sugar prices are higher than those in the world market, making local prices and sugar-containing food products for export uncompetitive.

Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer said a copy of the resolution thanking the 22 senators for their support to the sugar industry will be furnished to the Senate.

On Monday, senators unanimously approved Senate Resolution 213 urging the executive department not to pursue the planned liberalization of the sugar industry to safeguard the welfare of sugar farmers and industry workers in more than 20 provinces in the country.