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NFSP Assails Tax on Sweetened Drinks

Sugar planters across the country are alarmed by the proposed tax on beverages containing sugar and other sweeteners.


House Bill 3365 seeks to impose a P10/liter tax on beverages that contain sugar or other sweeteners, with provision for increase by 4% each year starting January 1, 2017.

“Our planters are already burdened by value-added tax and creditable withholding tax. Now they want to impose additional burden on us with this so-called soft drink tax. We cannot absorb this proposed tax which is unfair,” said Enrique D. Rojas, President of the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters, Inc. (NFSP).

Pangilinan Lauds Negros Organic Festival

The weeklong Negros Island Organic Agriculture Festival being held at the Negros Occ. Provincial Capitol grounds that opened Nov. 25 is being lauded by Sen. Francis Pangilinan and other dignitaries who attended the opening ceremony.

(Left to Right) Negros Oriental Vice Gov. Mark Edward Macias, Rep. George Arnaiz (2nd District, Negros Oriental), Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., former senator Francis Kiko Pangilinan, Usec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat of the Dept. of Agriculture, and Andre Leu, president of IFOAM Organics International at the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the opening ceremony of the 10th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival.* (Capitol photo by Richard Malihan)


Alan Gensoli Arman Toga Cyrus Garde Desiderio Deferia Edith Colmo
Eugene Adiong Gil Alfredo Severino James Toga Jun delos Reyes Leo Claridad
Manny Canto Owen Bayog Pert Toga Ritzy Robles Malo-oy Robert Harland
Roque P. Hofilena W. Henry O. Streegan Wennie Sancho