Corruption at SRA can be solved without abolishing it
The alleged corruption issues hounding the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) right now can be solved without abolishing it, Agriculture Chief Emmanuel Piñol said.
“It would be improper for me to contradict publicly the statement of the President. But if he asks my opinion on the matter, I would tell him that the misjudgment of an SRA administrator should not affect the whole SRA as an agency,” Piñol, who sits as the chair of SRA board, said.
Sugar Alliance of the Philippines (SAP) spokesperson Emilio Yulo agreed with Piñol, saying that instead of abolishing SRA, the government must work towards holding corrupt officials accountable first.
“The proposed abolition of the SRA will have an effect on the sugar industry, especially now that milling season has just started. Over 5 million people are directly and indirectly dependent on the sugar industry from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao and we are confident the administration will see merit in the continuance of the agency that has for so long served and protected the interest of the industry from threats of sugar smuggling and challenges of globalization,” Yulo said.
“We acknowledge that there are kinks we need to resolve and that can, and will happen with everyone’s cooperation. But at the end of the day, it is the prerogative of the president as chief executive and we will respect and abide with his decision,” he added.