JULY 3, 2018-SRA WILL NOT ALLOW CONFECTIONERY MAKERS TO DIRECTLY IMPORT SUGAR
Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) — which just gave the green light for the importation of sugar for the first time in two years — has maintained that it will not allow confectionery producers to directly import the sweetener despite their request. Moreover, SRA Board Member Roland Beltran said “there is no truth” to the claims of three of the country’s largest business groups that the government provides “unreasonable protection” to the sugar industry. Such statement only forms part of the letter that Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Philippine Exporters Confederation (PhilExport), and Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization, Inc. (PhilFoodex) sent to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, who sits as the chair of SRA board. “It will also result to a double standard. It is not a good policy to allow them to directly import,” he said.