It’s cheaper to produce Tobleron in Thailand than bukayo in PH
Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization, Inc. (PhilFoodex) President Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr. said the rising cost of sugar in the country makes the production of Filipino delicacy bukayo much more expensive than the Tobleron that is being produced in Thailand.
Ortiz-Luis, together with Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization, Inc. (PhilFoodex), said this in a letter they sent to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.
In the letter, they sought the government’s support to the request of Confectionery, Biscuits and Snack Association (PCBSA) to be allowed to directly import sugar amid the rising cost of sugar.
“Because of the high cost of domestic sugar, it is cheaper to produce Tobleron in Thailand than producing ‘bukayo’ in the Philippines,” Ortiz-Luis said in a Manila Bulletin report.
“It is the oldest baby industry in the country and has stunted the development of the food manufacturing industry for decades,” he added.
The group said in the joint letter that as of now, the sugar industry is enjoying “unreasonable protection” from the government.
“While we agree to some assistance, we can no longer justify cuddling an industry at the expense of the greater majority of Philippine consumers and food manufacturing sectors that are bearing the brunt of the high cost of this protection,” the groups said.