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ISO leaders at London
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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.”

When Francisco Varua, president of the Philippine Sugar Millers Association, stood up to ask a question on the floor, the ISO chairman again expressed sympathy for the country and their support, to which the audience also gave a standing ovation.

During breaks in the seminar, sugar leaders from countries that included the United States, Britain to Mozambique approached her to ask how they could send assistance to the Philippines, Martin said.

There was an overwhelming concern for the Philippines at the ISO seminar and in most places one went to in London, she said.

The London subway had a lot of “Philippine Typhoon Appeal” posters, she said.

The poster read “More than 9.8 million people in the Philippines have had their lives torn apart by Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda), they urgently need food, water and emergency shelter. Please donate now.”*CPG

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