‘Asia’s market forecast
to boost sugar industry’
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina Martin yesterday said market forecasts indicate an increase in demand for sugar in Asia - the fastest growing region, which will benefit the Philippines.
This is the avenue that the Philippines can take advantage of - given its competitiveness, proximity, and resiliency, said Martin, who last week attended the International Sugar Organization’s 44th council meeting in London where the “Commercial success for sugar crops – investment, innovation and efficiency" was discussed.
“An increase in sugar consumption in Asia is seen due to economic growth and high rate of urbanization. China is stocking sugar while other Asian countries will continue to experience increasing demand,” she said.
ISO leaders at London
meet send typhoon aid
BY CARLA GOMEZ
Sugar leaders from around the world have sent assistance to the Philippines for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda, Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina Martin said yesterday.
Martin said that, after she delivered a report on the state of Philippine sugarcane industry at the 44th International Sugar Organization council meeting in London held November 26 and 27, the ISO chairman, Frank Bainimarama, said in behalf of this assembly “We condole with your country,” to which the 450 delegates from around the world in the audience gave a standing ovation.
In response, Martin said “Like sugarcane we are a resilient crop. We will stand once again and move on for progress.”
Stop safari resort
work, OBO told
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO
Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito has directed the Office of the Building Official to issue a notice of violation and work stoppage to the Metro Safari Resort in Brgy. Alangilan, Bacolod City, for it to desist from the ongoing construction, and to require it to comply with the required permits.
Distrito, chairman of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government, also recommended that the resort, owned by Francis Rey Cabuga, should temporarily stop its development, while they are complying with the necessary government permits.
This includes a building permit from the OBO, Environmental Compliance Certificate from the Environmental Management Board – Regional Office, City Planning and Development Office certification, resolution of favorable endorsement from the barangay, and Department of Agrarian Reform conversion clearances.