PCA, hiniling sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Laguna na suportahan ang pagsugpo sa pesteng Cocolisap

admin   •   July 1, 2014   •   2805

Coconut Scale Insect o Cocolisap (Courtesy of PCA)

Coconut Scale Insect o Cocolisap (Courtesy of PCA)

MANILA, Philippines — Sa ipinadalang sulat ng Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) sa opisina ni Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez, hiniling ng ahensiya ang agarang pagpapatupad ng mga checkpoint sa lalawigan upang tiyaking walang makalulusot na mga binhi o bunga ng niyog na apektado ng Coconut Scale Insect o Cocolisap.

Bunsod ito ng ipinalabas na executive order ng palasyo ng Malakanyang na naglalaman ng agarang pagkontrol sa paglaganap ng mapinsalang peste sa mga puno ng niyog sa CALABARZON region.

“Executive order 169 kasi — ang mandate kasi nito lahat ng infested coconut trees ipu-prune natin at ita-trunk injection. Basically lahat ng ating ginagawa is back by science. Effective siya”, pahayag ni PCA Development Manager Joselito Alcantara.

Sa sulat naman ng PCA sa mga mayor at barangay chairman na ipinadala nuong nakaraang lingo, hinikayat nila ang mga ito na sumuporta sa pagsasagawa ng pest control sa kanilang mga nasasakupan.

“We encouraging the coconut farmers na suportahan itong operations na ito. Makipagtulungan talaga kasi nakaka-encounter pa tayo ng resistance sa iba but we are explaining ng kahalagahan nito. Yung industriya ng niyog is a foreign exchange earner and that is a billion a year”, ani Alcantara.

Inihayag din ni Alcantara na problema nila sa ngayon ang ilang gamit para sa pagkontrol sa peste.

Gayunman tiniyak ni Alcantara na magagawa nilang makontrol ang paglaganap ng Cocolisap bago matapos ang buwan ng Agosto na ibinigay na taning ng Pangulong Aquino.

Aniya, “There are some problems, kagaya ng availability ng material for pruning at availability ng drills kasi napuputol lahat pero inaayos naman natin yan by service providers.”

Sa kasalukuyan 367,000 pa na mga puno ng niyog ang apektado ng Cocolisap mula sa dalawamput tatlong munisipalidad sa Laguna. (Sherwin Culubong, UNTV News)

 

DA estimates Typhoon Tisoy damage, losses

Maris Federez   •   December 9, 2019

Fishermen secure boats in anticipation rain and strong winds brought by Typhoon Kammuri, in Cavite City, Philippines, 03 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines— The Department of Agriculture on Monday (December 9) released the estimated damage and losses brought by Typhoon “Tisoy”.

The department announced that Tisoy caused damage and losses to around Php 3.70B.

In a statement released on Monday, the DA said: “the volume of production loss on rice, corn, high-value crops, livestock, and fisheries amounted to 195,046 metric tons, affecting 132,166 hectares and 92,701 farmers and fisherfolks.”

It explained that the increase from the initial estimate of Php 1.93B happened when updated and additional reports from Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Ilocos Region, and Eastern Visayas arrived.

The DA added that, “The damage and losses are only equivalent to 1% of the estimated total rice production by the end of 2019.”

Based on the DA’s monthly projection, losses in rice production is only 9% of the projected production for December. The estimated loss in corn production, meanwhile, was only 1.56%.

The Department said it has an available Php 250 million from the Quick Response Fund (QRF) for rehabilitation.

“The Agricultural Credit and Policy Council (ACPC) allocated PhP 65 million under the Survival Recovery (SURE) Program for assistance. The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) will fast-track the release of indemnity to farmers and fisherfolk hit by the typhoon,” the statement added.

It further said that they have prepared a total of 93,711 bags of rice seeds, 17,999 bags of corn seeds, 1,979 kgs of high-value crops seed reserves ready for distribution to affected farmers who are ready to replant.

Moreover, 7,500 coconut seedlings from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and 151,142 bags of RCEF seeds for eligible RCEF beneficiaries from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) are also ready for distribution in Region 5.

Affected fisherfolks in the region will also receive relief goods, tilapia fingerlings, and fishing paraphernalia (gill nets, bottom set long line, 30ft fiberglass boat engine) from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 5 (BFAR-5).

The DA also said that the concerned RFOs are still conducting field validation to give more accurate reports regarding the impact of Typhoon Tisoy. —mbmf

Duterte appoints Gonzalo Duque as PH Coconut Authority chief

Robie de Guzman   •   July 29, 2019

Attorney Gonzalo Duque was congratulated by Executive Secretary  Salvador Medialdea after he took oath as the new administrator of the Philippine Coconut Authority on 29 July 2019.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed lawyer Gonzalo Duque as the new administrator of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Malacañang announced on Monday (July 29).

Duque earned degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (1972) and Bachelor of Law (1976) from San Beda College Manila.

The new PCA chief also served as Pangasinan vice governor from 1987 to 1992.  

He was also designated director and later became deputy administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Prior to his appointment to the PCA, Duque served in the Social Security Commission in 2016 and worked  at the Lyceum Northwestern University for 17 years as chancellor.

“With his credentials, we expect a man of competence and integrity in the likes of Mr. Duque to champion the cause of the Filipino coconut farmers,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a message to reporters.

Gonzalo is the brother of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte wants more safeguards; vetoes bill reconstituting PCA

Marje Pelayo   •   February 11, 2019

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte refused to sign Senate Bill 1976 and House Bill 8522 which seek to strengthen the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and manage the billion-peso coco levy fund for farmers.

Malacañang argued that the P10-billion in annual appropriation for the development of an industry “is susceptible to corruption akin to creating pork barrel funds” because its implementation is handled by an agency that is not required to seek approval from the Executive Branch.

With a reconstituted PCA, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said, there will be no checks and balances over its functions including the sale, disposition and dissolution of the coco levy assets.

The Executive Branch is also not in favor of the bill’s composition of the 15-member PCA Board which employs seven members from the private sector which “translates to permitting private persons to influence the disbursement of public funds.”

Lastly, the Palace argued that: “The PCA is set up like the Road Board which is heavily criticized for allegations of corruption and misappropriation of funds.”

“The PCA Board, like the Road Board which disburses the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge, is given full authority to disburse PhP10-Billion every year in perpetuity without a terminal date, and subject only to review by Congress after six years”, Panelo said.

The measure’s author, Senator Cynthia Villar said it is “unfortunate” that President Duterte did not sign the bill but remains hopeful for the local farmers to soon benefit from the coco levy fund.

“Certainly, this will not discourage us until we see the day when our coconut farmers, who are among our country’s poorest, benefit from the fund that is rightfully theirs,” Villar concluded.

With these, the Chief Executive is asking Congress to redraft the bill and put more safeguards to the funds intended for the local coconut farmers. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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