Sugar producers call for audit of SRA
Confederation of Sugar Producers Associations, Inc. (CONFED) requested the Department of Agriculture to “conduct a performance audit” on Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) and to include “examination of its current organizational structure and capabilities and to ensure that SRA performs its mandate.”
This, as the industry stakeholders have been concerned about the manner in which industry affairs have been managed, sugar policy determined, conduct of stakeholder consultations and implementation of Sugar Industry Development Act (SIDA) programs by or in coordination with SRA.
“Given the industry’s current challenges, it is timely to examine the effectiveness by which SRA performed its mandated functions and responsibilities with the end in view of determining what measures are needed for SRA to serve the industry better,” CONFED said.
In line with this, CONFED is urging SRA to establish a rationalized and calibrated sugar allocation and import/export policy and comply with Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri’s Senate Resolution 156 which recommends conversion of A sugar to be allocated for local industrial consumer.
The sugar producers also want SRA to establish a mechanism to address shortage of local supply for industrial users and issue importation authority to industrial users only to the extent of the actual shortfall.
At last, CONFED is likewise urging SRA to create a full time Project Management Unit that will focus on SIDA programs and create and mobilize the Sugar Industry Development Council (SIDC) to “facilitate coordinated and harmonized development initiatives for the good of the industry.”