Busco marks 25years

QUEZON, Bukidnon  (Bukidnon News/16 September) Busco Sugar Milling Co., Inc., the second biggest sugar producer in the country celebrated its 25th anniversary on September 16.

Engr. Democrito G. Oppus, vice president for operation and resident manager said Busco now produces 4 million bags per milling season.

When the company bought the mill from the government’s Asset Privatization Trust in 1988, it was only capable of 6,000 ton cane per day (TCD). Now, he added, they have expanded to a milling capacity of 18,000 TCD and a sugar refinery capable of producing 20,000 bags per day. 

Oppus said that with intensified economic activities, the firm attracts planters not only from Bukidnon’s 20 towns and two cities but also from nearby Lanao del Sur and North Cotabato.

He cited that Busco complies with environmental laws and contributed to the national government’s reforestation project dubbed National Greening Program. He added that they also helped build schools and address concerns of indigenous peoples.

About 22,000 sugar planters are working in the province’s sugar cane fields, which comprise about 20 percent of its total land area according to the January to March 2013 issue of Kalamay, Busco’s official publication. 

Most of these planters farm approximately five hectares or less of sugar cane.

The local sugar industry employs about 150,000 workers from the farms to the mills including truck drivers and crew, tractor operators, and personnel for various support activities.

Oppus said they have scheduled a series of activities, with the highlights to include a dinner party for 400 people, a Holy Mass, and entertainment night for the firm’s 406 employees and 772 contractual workers. 

Company officials and employees were scheduled to plant 2,500 of assorted seedlings at the Busco compound on Sept. 15, he added. (Bukidnon News)