Oliver Bugarin 9 0 0 4 min to read

New SRA executives, in Marcos’ opinion, will assist PH to resolve its sugar problems.

The three new hires at the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) have the support of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who said on Monday that he is confident they will assist the nation in resolving issues with the sugar business.

After he had sworn in Pablo Luis Azcona, Ma. Mitzi Mangwag, and David John Thaddeus Alba as board members of the sugar regulatory body and acting administrators of the SRA, respectively.

“We are grateful to the new officials of the Sugar Regulatory Administration who promised to do their duties faithfully for the good of the people,” he said in a post on his official Facebook page. “Tayo’y nagpapasalamat sa mga bagong opisyal ng Sugar Regulatory Administration na nangakong gagawin ng tapat ang kanilang mga tungkulin para sa ikabubuti ng

We are optimistic that we can overcome any obstacles we may have in the sugar industry with the help of the new SRA employees, he continued. “Tiwala tayong mapagtatagumpayan natin ang anumang hamon na ating kahaharapin sa industriya ng asukal,” he said.

Victor Rodriguez, the executive secretary, officially announced the appointments of Alba, Azcona, and Mangwag on Saturday.

Following the improper signing of Sugar Order (SO) 4, a resolution permitting the importation of 300,000 metric tons (MT) of sugar, Hermenegildo Serafica resigned from his position as SRA administrator. Alba took his place.

The La Carlota Mill District Multi-Purpose Cooperative and the Asociacion de Agricultores de La Carlota y Pontevedra, both situated in Negros Occidental, both had Alba as its past general manager.

On the other hand, Azcona and Mangwag will speak for sugar millers and planters, respectively.

Following the taking of the oath, Marcos briefed the new SRA appointees on the administration’s focus on safeguarding the nation’s sugar supply.

Marcos declared last week that he will “reorganize” the SRA to deal with the problems now affecting the sugar sector.

As a result of the unauthorized signature of the resolution to import extra sugar, a number of SRA board members also submitted their resignations.

The SRA is a company that is owned and managed by the government and is a part of the Department of Agriculture (DA), of which Marcos is now in charge of.

Additionally, Marcos serves as the SRA’s interim chair.

Malacanang has previously stated that the alleged shortage of sugar in the nation was “artificial” and was only the result of dishonest traders’ hoarding.

Smuggled bags of sugar were found during a series of raids by the Bureau of Customs, Sugar Regulatory Administration, and Department of Agriculture in warehouses in Deparo, Caloocan City; Balut in Tondo and San Nicolas in Manila; Rosales, Pangasinan; San Fernando, Pampanga; Ibaan, Batangas; and Davao.

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