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SRA: Over 1.8 million MT of sugar for domestic use alone.

The nation’s full sugar production for the crop years 2022–2023, according to the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), will be used domestically.

Over 1.8 million metric tons of sugar will be made accessible to the market under Sugar Order (SO) 1, which was issued on Tuesday and signed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in his capacity as concurrent Secretary of Agriculture and Chairman of the SRA Board.

“As implementers of this Sugar Order, the mill businesses shall quedanned the sugar production for the Crop Year 2022-2023 in the following percentage: ‘B’ or Domestic Sugar Market-100 percent,” it stated.

The planting season is scheduled to last from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023. Sugar allocations are divided into four categories: A for US quota, B for domestic market usage, C for reserves, and D for the international market.

However, as stated in Section 3, the SRA stated that modifications might be made considering the production evaluation.

“The SRA shall examine the development in sugar output and withdrawals for Crop Year 2022-2023. SRA may occasionally modify the percentage allocation or distribution to other kinds of sugar on the basis of such an assessment stated.

The SO1 reaffirmed that for the current crop year and any succeeding years, all unutilized quedan-permit forms must be “shredded and not authorized for use.”

Marcos and other SRA Board members, including Agriculture Undersecretary Domingo Panganiban, Acting SRA Director David Thaddeus Alba, and Acting Board Member-Millers’ Representative Ma, signed the document. Pablo Luis Azcona, an interim board member and the representative for planters, and Mitzi Mangwag.

The rescinded SO4 was initially problematic because Marcos refused to approve the purported importation of 300,000 metric tons of sugar, ultimately deemed “illegal.”

DA Undersecretary Leocadio Sebastian, the former SRA president Hermenegildo Serafica, SRA Board Member Roland Beltran, and SRA Board Member Aurelio Valderrama Jr. were all targets of administrative cases that the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee sought to bring after the sugar scandal. Signatories to the order also tendered their resignations at this time.

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