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CONFED welcomes two new members

The Confederation of Sugar Producers Association Inc. (Confed), the largest planters’ federation in the country, welcomed two new member-planters associations this crop year 2022-2023.

The two new associations affiliated with Confed are southern Negros-based Planter’s Association of Southern Negros Inc. (PASON) headed by Chairman Emeritus Franklin Fuentebella, Robert Bernard Tan as chairman and Engr. Luis Garingalao as president, and the northern Negros-based United Cadiz Sugarcane Planters Association Inc. (UCSPA) headed by Clarita Lilia “Claire” Lacson.

“We warmly welcome the two new members which joined Confed at the start of my term as federation president,” said Confed president Aurelio “Bodie” Valderrama.

“This manifests our openness towards all industry stakeholders, in line with our call for unity among all diverse stakeholders in the sugar industry,” Valderrama added.

Upon assumption as Confed national president last September at the start of the current milling season, Valderrama advocated for unity in the industry, stressing that only the collaborative and focused efforts of all stakeholders can address the decades-long, myriad and recurring problems of the sugar industry.

The largest planters association in the BISCOM Milling District in Southern Negros, PASON was actually a former member of Confed. However, the group chose to become an unaffiliated association several years ago. On the other hand, UCSPA is one of the oldest associations in northern Negros.

With Fuentebella, Tan and Garingalao, other PASON officers are Dr. Agripino Randy Ravina III – vice-president, Alejo Manuel Trabasas – treasurer, Marco Antonio Ibaňez – secretary, Nonito Villaluna – assistant secretary, and Mary Joyce Javellana, Zea Mae Sales, and Cesar Dominador Villafranca – directors.

The officers of UCSPA, with Lacson, are Alessandro Lacson – secretary, Michael Lindly Monfort – treasurer, and directors Anthony Francis Consing, Claire Therese Consing, Marissa Lacson and Jaime Luis Trebol.*

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