SRA abolition possible thru legislation: Villar

By Lilybeth Ison

October 4, 2017, 2:45 pm

MANILA -- Senator Cynthia Villar on Wednesday said the proposed abolition of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) can be done through legislation.

“SRA was created by a legislation, so a legislation will remove the SRA,” said Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, at the sidelines of the ASEAN Agriculture Summit held at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

The Summit is an initiative of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC) as its first step forward to bring together and mobilize key ecosystem stakeholders into crafting and actualizing an integrated framework for agripreneurship that is integral to achieving prosperity for all.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte said he would ask Congress to draft a measure that would abolish SRA.

"If you can't control corruption in government, your life will not improve. That's why I will get rid of it. I will suggest to Congress to abolish that (SRA), he said.

The SRA, which was created on May 28, 1986, through Executive Order No. 18, is mandated to promote the growth and development of the sugar industry through greater participation of the private sector and to improve the working conditions of the laborers. (PNA)