Sinag marks 4th anniversary

October 23, 2017 at 4:06 am Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 The Samahan ng Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag), an umbrella organization of 32 agricultural stakeholders in the country, is now on its fourth year of advancing the rights of marginal farmers.

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SINAG POWER The officers and members of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) pose for a group photo during the Sinag’s 4th Anniversary at the Oriental Seafood Restaurant, Tomas Morato St., Quezon City last October 16. (Screengrab photo).

The group  celebrated its 4th anniversary at the Oriental Palace Seafood Restaurant, Tomas Morato St., Quezon City on October 16.

With the theme, “Arugain…Palakasin…Tangkilikin ang Agrikulturang Pilipino!”, the celebration was led by its Chairman Rosendo O. So who expressed his thanks to the 32 member-organizations for their assistance and continuing support in pursuing the causes and advocacies of Sinag.

“ We are now on our fourth year and many more years to look forward to. Sinag was able to accomplish many notable activities ranging from fighting illegal smuggling of pork and chicken meats, rice, onions, garlics and other agricultural products. You were with me from the beginning on these fights only for us to help our impoverished farmers. They are the ones why Sinag has been existing through these years,” So said.

Sinag was incorporated on October 15, 2013 and registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on December 4, 2013 with Certificate No. CN201322578.

Sinag’s birth was right on time. It was at the height of smuggling of meat products into the country. Imported pork meat were under declared as “offal” when these are “good meat”, thus depriving the government coffers of billions of pesos in revenues in the form of tariffs. The Hog Raisers Association of the Philippines was then fiercely fighting smuggling activities in the country.

The Swine Development Council (SDC), which  was earlier organized  looked into the problems of the swine industry focusing on the entry of meat importation including the smuggled meat products. The situation slowly killed the backyard hog industry which affected many livelihoods in the country.

But problems in the agricultural industry were not confined to meat products. Rice and vegetables smuggling was also rampant.

Sinag, as a group, totally embraced the agricultural industry and kept on fighting against smugglers and the over importation of agricultural products to protect the local farmers.

Under Sinag’s watchful eyes, the Goliath of rice smuggling, “David Tan,” aka David Bangayan was identified. His smuggling activities cost the country at least P7 billion in foregone duties every year.

Considered as Sinag’s major accomplishment was the passage of Republic Act No. 10845 or “ An Act Declaring Large-Scale Agricultural Smuggling as Economic Sabotage. Prescribing Penalties and For Other  Purposes, otherwise known as the “Anti- Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016.”

This was passed by Congress during the incumbency of President Benigno S. Aquino III, but So said Sinag has yet to see smugglers of agricultural products indicted in Courts.

Aside from fighting and curbing if not eliminate totally the smuggling of agricultural products in the country, Sinag has also conducted social activities like free supplemental feeding among school children in schools, relief operations during calamities and constructing school rooms to support the government.

“ The challenges ahead of us are still enormous. We have to be united and rest not on our present laurels and accomplishments,” So said.

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