PCA shells out P8-M for coconut farmers enrolled in Participatory Coconut Planting Project
By Ninfa B Quirante
Calbayog City (June 4) -- The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Eastern Visayas is ready to pay coconut farmers with P 8 M for those enrolled in the Participatory Coconut Planting Project (PCPP).
This was bared by PCA Regional Manager 8, Edilberto Nierva to PIA Samar yesterday, during the blessing and inauguration of the Coconut Nursery, Earwig lab and PCA Calbayog Sattelite office.
Nierva said that the P8M will complete the final phase of the program.
Provincial Coconut Development Manager (PCDM) of Eastern Samar, Dory Pajanustan withdrew the checks intended for Eastern Samar farmers then and there.
Nierva said that Region 8 ranks second to Davao Region in terms of coconut production.
The Philippines is the world's biggest supplier of coconut oil, exporting 80 percent of its output.
Other updates offered by PCA included distributing fertlizers through its Salt Fertilization Project now being implemented.
They have also distributed corn seeds and fertilizers to intercrop with the coconuts.
PCA added that the intercropping program is a component of President Arroyo's Accelerated Hunger Mitigation program (AHMP).
Under the program, the PCA has identified several provinces with marginalized coconut farms that are suitable for growing corn as a major intercrop for food and income generation, which complements Arroyo's rural poverty alleviation strategy.
Nierva also acknowledged the support PCA is getting from some donors and benefactors including its biggest donor of the new PCA satellite office in Calbayog City, donated by the President and Chairman-Executive Officer of Samar Coco, Engr Julio Co.
Nierva also identified An Waray party-list Congressman Bembem Noel who is working for the development of the coconut farmers.
Noel, he reported is proposing the Philippine Coconut Industry Code.
Another benefactor is the team of Calbayog City Mayor Mel Sarmiento and Vice Mayor Ronald Aquino who promised to establish a training center as proposed by PCDM Acasio.
The duo also offered to pay for the salaries and wages of coconut development officers who will be getting directives from the PCA. (PIA-Samar) [top]