BACOLOD City – The convenor of the Save the Sugar Industry Movement (SAVE- SIM) called on Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. “to intervene and urge soft drink companies to stop using high fructose corn syrup.”
Winnie Sancho said that while they “duly noted” the effort of the governor on the HFCS issue and respect his opinion that there are “technical questions involved in the implementation of the province’ ordinance against the entry of products with genetically-modified organisms (GMOs),” it is his “moral duty to protect the welfare and well-being of the people.”
“He is the father of the province and one of the pillars of the sugar industry,” Sancho said adding that they will seek a dialogue with the governor and personally appeal to him to intervene “to prevent the adverse economic implications if the sugar industry will collapse.”
He also pointed out that the issues of “economic implications are more important than the technicalities involved.”
Sancho said the use of HFCS which reportedly contain GMOs “is hazardous to the health as proven by medical research.
He also called on the SRA “to strictly regulate the importation of HFCS to allay fears of an imminent collapse of the sugar industry.”