“ALLAYING FEARS” OF SHORTAGE: Sugar refineries in Negros commit to resume operations early

Jose Mari Chan on sugar industry

Celebrity-businessman Jose Mari Chan, president of BISCOM (Binalbagan-Isabela Sugar Company) responded favorably to start milling ahead of the September schedule.

So did Minnie Chua, president of VMC (Victorias Milling Company) as well as the top brass of URC (Universal Robina Corp.) in La Carlota City.

“They are willing to mill early once raw sugar is available,” said David Alba, general manager of the AALCPI (Asociacion de Agricultores de La Carlota y Pontevedra) in a statement on Thursday, June 30.

Alba said the AALCPI and other industry stakeholders are collaborating with Negros Occ. Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer who spearheaded the efforts in reaching out to the Negros sugar mills.

BISCOM’s Jose Mari Chan said they would also “refine once critical mass is reached” even if they had prepared for the start of milling in September.

Vice Gov. Ferrer called for the early resumption of milling in August due to reports of an expected supply shortfall.

The SRA (Sugar Regulatory Administration) allowed earlier the importation of sugar for industrial users, a move that met stiff opposition from the Negros sugar industry stakeholders.
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