Binalbagan, Bago Join Boycott Of Coke Products

Binalbagan town and Bago City became the latest local government units in Negros Occidental to answer the province-wide call to boycott Coca-Cola products.

In Executive Order No. 20, Bago City Mayor Nicolas Yulo ordered the prohibition of “the promotion, advertisement and sale of Coca- Cola products in specific areas and events in Bago.”

The order says the “non-utilization of locally-produced sugar from sugarcane by Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc, and their importation of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as sweeteners for their beverages has been the subject of displeasure of the Negros Occ. Provincial Government officials and that some cities and municipalities in the island.”

Yulo in his order said, prohibition covers the City Hall compound, Bantayan Park, Bago City College, Bago City Sports Center, Manuel Y. Torres Memorial Coliseum and Cultural Center, Buenos Aires Mountain Resort and other local gov’t facilities.

It also covers the promotion and ad sponsorship “during purok, barangay, city festivals and events.”

The prohibition shall be in effect until Coca-Cola “stops using HFCS and instead utilize locally-produced sugar from sugarcane as sweeteners in their products or until the sugar industry and its leaders have finally resolved the crisis in favor of the industry.”

Yulo’s order also carries with it a sanction of removal and keeping of the owner but repeated violation will mean confiscation.

ARANDA. In Binalbagan, Mayor Emmanuel Aranda in Executive Order No.10 also prohibits the sale of Coke products within the vicinity of festival venues during its Balbagan Festival set May 8- 15, 2017.

The Sugar Alliance of the Philippines (SAP ) welcomed these developments.

“We are thankful for the continued support of our local chief executives and we join their appeal to their constituents and Negrenses to stop patronizing companies that use HFCS”, Atty. Emilo Yulo, SAP spokesperson said.

He pointed out, “last week’s sugar composite price was already very alarming and we hope that it will not worsen in the coming weeks especially since milling season is about to end and we are fast approaching Tiempo Muerto.“

“We are hoping other local governments will follow the lead of mayors who have expanded the boycott in all government and public facilities and has strongly campaigned against Coca-Cola not just during festivities but until this multinational will show their sincerity by supporting our local sugar growers. “

Earlier, Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Maranon Jr.ordered the banning of Coke in the Panaad festival .

The boycott against Coke was also imposed during the town fiestas of Isabela, Hinigaran, Pontevedra and La Carlota City.*(Eugene Y. Adiong)



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