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Thursday, October 3, 2013
THE Provincial Board of Negros Occidental adopted during its regular session Wednesday the Provincial Development Council (PDC) resolution opposing the 12 percent Value Added Tax imposed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on raw sugar.
The PDC passed a resolution opposing BIR’s revised revenue regulation after former Governor Rafael Coscolluela, consultant of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and president of the Confederation of Sugar Producers Associations made a presentation during the PDC meeting.
Coscolluela said the new BIR regulation would have very serious implications for the economy of Negros and other sugar-producing areas.
If this happens, most of our planters might decide to abandon planting sugar altogether, Coscolluela said.
“We are trying to survive and prepare for 2015 and we are trying to look for ways to bring down our cost to improve our competitiveness; our government is trying to look for ways to make more money out of us,” Coscolluela said.
Political action/civil disobedience, such as tax revolt are options we’re beginning to hear, because as mentioned, Thailand and other countries are focused on helping their farmers through hidden subsidies and non-tariff barriers while our government is busy looking for ways to tax the Filipino farmer more, he said.
The BIR, in a regulation amended the definition of “raw sugar,” leaving “muscovado” as the only sugar exempt from tax.
The PDC resolution will be forwarded to the Provincial Council for adoption, Coscolluela said.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 03, 2013.