Warehouses owned by the two (2) large sugar mills in Bukidnon yielded a total 576,816 bags of sugar during the surprise inspection last August 23-24 by a composite team composed of the Bureau of Customs-Port of Cagayan de Oro, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police and Sugar Regulatory Administration.

In a press release, it was revealed that first to be inspected last August 23 was the sugar warehouse of Crystal Sugar Company Inc. located in North Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon. A total of 466,142 bags of sugar were found in the warehouse, although, Javier Sagarbarria, Vice President of Crystal Sugar Company said 66% of the contents are owned by planters and traders. He said the milling company can produce almost 3 million bags per year with the help of several planter associations in the province whose sugar products were processed in the company, with 66% produced in its favor, and 34% going to the miller.

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The following day, the composite team inspected BUSCO Sugar Milling Corporation in Barangay Butong, Quezon, Bukidnon wherein BUSCO Officer-In-Charge Ellen B. Villaflora disclosed that their warehouse contained 110,674 bags of sugar, 26,000 of which are raw and the rest already refined. Accodingly, traders have been withdrawing 10-15 thousand bags per day.

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The two sugar mill companies assured authorities that their products are locally produced and are serving the Northern Mindanao and Davao Region markets.

all photos by BOC-10

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