On February 20, 2017, the Philippine Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) issued Sugar Order No. 3 (SO No. 3), Series of 2016-17, or the “Guidelines on the Issuance of Clearance for Release of Imported High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and Chemically Pure Fructose". The Order took effect on March 10, 2017. According to SRA, SO No. 3 was necessary because of expanding HFCS imports into the Philippines that have disrupted the domestic market for sugar.