Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Iodized salt law blamed for decline in PHL output

THE long-term decline in domestic salt production has been blamed by Senators on a 1995 law promoting iodization, which they said opened the door to competition from imports.

“It is clear that since the passage of the ASIN (An Act for Salt Iodization Nationwide) law, local production of salt deteriorated further while imports of salt increased,” Majority Leader Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva said at a hearing of the Senate during the agriculture and food committee hearing on Wednesday.

Republic Act 8172 sought to promote the use of iodized salt to address micronutrient malnutrition, particularly iodine deficiency disorders.

Senator Cynthia A. Villar, who chairs the committee, called salt “a dying local industry” due to imports of 850,000 metric tons (MT) a year, or 93% of the salt requirement, mainly from Australia and China.

Gerard Khonghun, president of the Philippine Association of Salt Industry Networks (PhilASIN), added that not all imported salt is iodized, particularly the shipments from Australia.

“The law demanded that local salt be iodized, and now you’re going to import salt that is not iodized? What kind of joke is this?” Ms. Villar said, adding that domestic producers could have continued as before while requiring domestic manufacturers to iodize. The law, she added, “created a bigger problem for the Philippines.”

Government agencies like the departments of Trade and Industry and Science and Technology should have introduced training and equipment to help salt producers iodize, Ms. Villar said. 

Citing data from PhilASIN, Ms. Villar said that the Philippines produced less than 60,000 MT of salt from the 2,100 hectares of salt beds.

“In the 1960s and 1970s, we produced 240,000 MT of salt. Today, we only produce 42,000 MT of salt, which is 7% of demand,” she said. “42,000 MT is just 15% of what we were producing before. What happened?”

The committee was also trying to sort out which agency was in charge of overseeing the salt industry.

“Apparently, no one in the government is in charge of the salt,” Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy S. Binay said.

“The findings are that nobody is interested in the salt industry,” Ms. Villar said. “They said that it’s (under) DENR but DENR will just give the permit to use the shoreline.”

“Since it’s a kind of food then the DA should be concerned about the salt but you all keep pointing at each other when asked who’s in charge of the salt industry,” she added. “I would like to believe it’s the DA.”

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Officer-in-Charge Director Demosthenes R. Escoto said salt regulation was first budgeted for in 2022 from economic recovery stimulus funds.

“In 2023, we have a P100-million budget that was allocated for the salt development program, but everything started only from the 2022 Bayanihan funds,” he said, noting that the funds are directly downloaded from the DA to various regional directors. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan

Enter Your Information Below To Receive Free Trading Ideas, Latest News, And Articles.
Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

You May Also Like


THE MONETARY Board signaled its readiness to continue raising benchmark interest rates if inflation persists, putting it at odds with other central banks which...


PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. will invite potential investors to provide capital to his proposed sovereign wealth fund at the World Economic Forum meeting...


THE Philippine business delegation to the Davos conference in Switzerland was led by the heads of some of the country’s biggest blue-chip companies representing...

World News

WASHINGTON — New Jersey and Ohio said on Monday they were joining other states in banning use of the popular video app TikTok on...

Dislaimer:, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively “The Company”) do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2023 All Rights Reserved. Spirit