Lacson pushes digitalization in government to curb sugar smuggling

Lacson pushes digitalization in government to curb sugar smuggling

Sen. Ping Lacson

By Ernie Reyes

BACOLOD CITY — Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson on Saturday pushed for
the digitalization of government processes to curb the smuggling of
sugar and other agricultural products.

Lacson said only full automation of processes in government agencies
can address smuggling, one of the most serious plagues of the sugar
industry in this province.

“Ang kalaban ng sugar industry, simple lang – smuggling. Yan ang No. 1
na kalaban. Kasama sa program natin ang full digitalization (The sugar
industry’s biggest enemy is smuggling. It can be solved with full
digitalization of government processes, which is part of our
program),” he said in an interview with DYHB radio.

Lacson said part of his platform of government is the full
digitalization and automation of government agencies, to minimize if
not eliminate the chances of corruption.

He said that if the system is automated, it would be difficult if not
impossible for smugglers to bribe computers and machines.

“If they deal with ‘human’ officials, there is a chance of corruption.
But not as much, if at all, if they have to deal only with automated
processes,” he said.

Lacson and Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III received a warm
welcome when they arrived here Saturday for a Kumustahan with
residents. Lacson is running for President under Partido Reporma while
Sotto is running for Vice President under the Nationalist People’s
Coalition.

With them were Partido Reporma senatorial candidates Minguita Padilla
and Monsour del Rosario. (ai/mtvn)

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