Sugar workers to hold rally vs. HFCS entry

SUGAR workers belonging to Samahang Magbubukid ng Pilpinas and National Federation of Sugarcane Workers (NFSW) will hold a rally on January 22 to protest the entry of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the country.

Rolando Rillo of NFSW said in a press conference yesterday they will assemble at the Provincial Capitol grounds and will hold a march rally going to the Fountain of Justice in Bacolod City.

The mobilization will coincide with the anniversary of the Mendiola Massacre.

Rillo said that sugarcane workers are already affected and if the situation is unabated, the continued low prices of sugar could lead to a situation where they could lose their jobs.

Some sugarcane workers are also small planters, he said, adding that they are mostly affected by the decrease in the prices of sugar as most of them are only dependent on financiers.

Aside from protesting the entry of HFCS, the workers will also demand for genuine agrarian reform and ask the government for support to small planters who were given lands under the land reform program.

“We would like to ask the President to implement his pro-people agenda and protect us,” the groups added.
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