Singer-songwriter and Christmas icon Jose Mari Chan recently appeared as a guest on The Chiefs where he was asked about his take on the current issue affecting the sugar industry in the Philippines.
Apart from his successful career in music, Chan is also in the business of running the Binalbagan-Isabela Sugar Company Inc. and A. Chan Sugar Corporation in Negros Occidental. He explained that the sugar supply has been facing challenges since the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in the Visayas region early in the year.
“The situation was exacerbated by typhoon Odette which damaged the sugar crop. So, from last year’s production of 2 million tons, it is now down to only 1.8 million tons. And since we consume about 2.3 million tons nationwide, we consume about 2.3 million tons, we really need to import 300,000 to 4000,000 tons in order to fulfill the domestic needs,” he said.