SENATOR Cynthia Villar urged sugar mills in Negros Occidental to take an active role in improving the sugar industry.
Villar also advised the Mill District Development Councils (MDCCs) to prepare their documentation as early as possible to avail of the programs under the Sugar Industry Development Act (Sida).
Villar spoke during the summit of MDDCs initiated by the Sugar Regulatory Administration at Nature’s Village Hotel in Talisay Cityon Tuesday, July 25.
The summit sought to build a consensus on how the MDDCs could perform their strategic role in the implementation of projects under the Republic Act 10659 or the Sida of 2015.
The MDDCs were created by the Sugar Regulatory Administration to encourage the active involvement and participation of the private sector in the advancement of the sugar industry specifically in the field of research and development in the mill district level.
The summit aims to promote the competitiveness of the sugar industry, maximize the utilization of sugarcane resources, and improve incomes of farmers and farm workers.
Villar said the Sida provides fund to the sugar industry to solve the arising problem of the industry and it is being implemented now.
“Sida is being implemented through the regular government procedure that’s why studies are conducted to hasten the release of funds intended for the sugar industry,” the senator added.