In sponsoring Senate Bill 1870, Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda has seen a better outcome for the growth of the country’s salt industry.
Legarda had thought of strengthening the industry which would provide greater macro and micro opportunities for the Filipinos in the industry including the potential of international markets.
If it becomes a law, the Department of Trade in Industry (DTI) will facilitate the development of Shared Services Facility in accordance with the Magna Carta for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises.
"Salt is not just an important food commodity for us all. The industry has been an integral part of the Philippine economy because it sustains many Filipinos through countless employment opportunities that continue to shape communities. We must not turn a blind eye to this equally important aspect of our society,"- the senator said.
The Philippine Association of Salt Industry Networks (PhilAsin) said that the Philippines shall expect the continued importation of salt amounting to 550,000 metric tons or 93% of local salt requirements.
The lawmaker is considering the province of Antique to jump-start the intention of her bill where many depend on salt as a source of livelihood.