By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – Rep. Alfredo Benitez (3rd district, Neg. Occ.) sees the smooth passage of the Sugar Bill which he authored in the House of Representatives.
He confirmed that on June 6, the Committee on Agriculture will start the hearings on his bill.
Benitez said all the industry stakeholders are expected to come to Congress during the hearing which also invited officials from the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture and Sugar Regulatory Administration.
He said his proposed bill is a product of consensus among sugar federation leaders which was crafted for more than a year.
Benitez bared that on Saturday the different sugar federations in the province will meet again at the Nature's Village Hotel and Restaurant to review their position papers that were incorporated in the proposed bill.
The Sugarcane Bill covers not only sugar but also concerns about the industry including preparations for the zero tariff on goods that will be coming in to the country in 2015.
The welfare of the sugar planters and the sugar workers including mill efficiency will also be addressed to by the bill.
Benitez said Senators Chiz Escudero and Jinggoy Estrada will co-author the counterpart Sugarcane Bill in the Senate.