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Backyard virgin coco oil production proposed St. Bernard

by Rebecca Cadavos

Maasin City (17 October) -- To provide a sustainable livelihood for the Magatas populace in St. Bernard town which has been relocated due to the Guinsaugon landslide tragedy, Provincial Community Affairs Office (CAO) proposed a backyard virgin coconut oil production through the provincial government led by Gov. Rosette Lerias.

Provincial CA Officer Edna Dator bared during the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) members' meeting held last week the proposed project with Brgy. Magatas populace as the beneficiaries. She recommended some activities to be implemented for the project to be realized such as purchasing of equipments, machines and food grade kitchen utensils, installation, the training of personnel and monitoring of the project.

Dator revealed that the daily production capacity of the plant will be based on the number of coconut bearing trees within Magatas and neighboring barangays. As per Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) record here, St. Bernard has a total of 180,556 coconut bearing trees with the assumption that each trees has an average of 10 nuts daily and Magatas is only 2% of the total coconut bearing trees, she further reported.

With the mentioned data, Magatas can produce coconut per 4 months of harvest of about 9,028 nuts and a daily of 100 nuts which is good enough for the capacity of the machine. The 100 pcs of nuts per day can produce 9 liters of VCO which is good enough for the livelihood in the area, Dator explained to the body.

One of the major buyers of VCO is Carica based in Manila who promised to provide assistance to the landslide victim. The marketing aspect of the main product has no problem, Dator further said. Coconut by products can be sold out to other users, like the husk, shell and coconut juice, she said.

Fortunately, the provincial government received a P50,000.00 cash donation from the Feed For the Hungry, Inc, based in USA intended for the livelihood project for Brgy. Magatas. CAO was tasked to prepare necessary planning and measures how to equip the beneficiaries with the knowledge and skills in the processing of virgin coconut before its implementation to be sure that the project will be in safe hands and would really serve the purpose to provide sustainable livelihood to Brgy. Magatas beneficiaries, Dator further disclosed.

Some specific objectives of the said project mentioned by Dator were as follows: To infuse funds as a start up capitalization, to train people in the production of VCO, to generate income from their coconut farm which has been left at Magatas, among others. It is properly coordinated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Social Welfare and Development and PCA. (PIA) [top]

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