Bacolod wants Duterte to reconsider plan to abolish SRA
The Bacolod City Council has forged a resolution formally appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his plan to the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).
Authored by Councilor Em Ang, the resolution highlighted the mandate of SRA, which is to promote the growth and development of the sugar industry through greater participation of the private sector and to improve the working conditions of the laborers.
It also emphasized Republic Act 10659 otherwise known as the “Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2015”, which mandates SRA and other government agencies to promote the competitiveness of the sugarcane industry and maximize the utilization of sugarcane resources, and improve the incomes of farmers and workers, through improved productivity, product diversification, job generation and increased efficiency of sugar mills.
According to Ang, which was cited in a Sun Star report, the Philippines’ sugarcane industry alone contributes no less than P70 billion to the national economy annually and the majority comes from the Visayas region, particularly the Negros Island, which produces about 65 percent of the country’s sugar output.
Ang emphasized that the country’s sugar industry as big as this needs to be supervised by a government agency with mandates like that of SRA’s.
Duterte’s plans to abolish the SRA was triggered by the reports of corruption in the agency.