PH’s economic managers in hot water for sugar liberalization push
The country’s economic managers are now being condemned, especially by sugar planters and millers, for pushing for the liberalization of sugar importation.
In reaction to Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia’s pronouncements that it was a “collegial stand” to push for the liberalization of sugar importation, Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) Board Member Emilio Yulo said “delicadeza dictates” that Pernia “should keep quiet about this issue”.
“It is alarming to note that this decision to liberalize sugar importation stemmed from a collegial body which means all economic planners are into this. We reiterate that we will not stand down and we will continue with our protest, be it in the airwaves, the papers, in the halls of Congress and even in the streets,” Yulo said.
“In my consultation with small farmers and leaders of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ groups, they vow to lead a mobilization soon to amplify their concerns to the national government,” he added.
Yulo also questioned why Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is being left out during meetings of the Economic Development Cluster (EDC).
“Piñol, who publicly came out with his support to the industry, is also a member of the EDC that Secretary Pernia said made that ‘collegial stand’, unless of course he [Piñol] was intentionally left out in that meeting where they decided the fate of the sugar industry,” Yulo said.