• 27 November 2014
MANILA, Nov 27 -- President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday laid out the government’s plans on how to improve the coconut industry – and the lives of its farmers -- as the government awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on the longstanding issue on the P71-billion Coco Levy Fund. During a dialogue with members of the Kilus Magniniyog, who staged a 71-day march from Davao City to Malacañang Palace, President Aquino said the government has sincerely tried to resolve the issue, citing the various court decisions on the fund that were in favor the coconut sector. “Ang problema lang po: hangga’t wala pang hatol hinggil sa motion for partial reconsideration na ating nilatag para sa kasong COCOFED vs. Republic, at wala pang utos ang Korte Suprema hinggil sa nilatag nating motion for partial entry of judgment para sa kaso, hindi pa po tapos ang proseso, at hindi pa rin po natin maaaring gugulin ang perang dapat nakalaan sa industriya ng niyog,” he explained. He however noted that while waiting for the court decision, the government has increased the Philippine Coconut Authority’s (PCA) funding from P593 million in 2010 to P5.1 billion in 2013. “Sadyang malaki nga po ...Read more

Expansion of coco industry eyed with P1.38-B release to PCA

 CENTRAL  27 November 2014
MANILA, Nov 27 -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released P1.38 billion to the Philippine Coconut Agency (PCA) to support their operations and various programs that can help strengthen the country’s coconut industry. Secretary of Budget Florencio “Butch” Abad said, “Coconut p ...Read more

Biotechnology can help PHL achieve food self-sufficiency, adapt to climate change

 CENTRAL  27 November 2014
QUEZON CITY, Nov. 27 -- Department of Agriculture Biotechnology Program Office (DA-BPO) Director Antonio Alfonso said biotechnology can help in the country’s drive for food self-sufficiency and can also help us adapt to climate change. Biotechnology can be used to improve the characteristics of c ...Read more