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DA: FARMERS TO GET BOOST FROM COCO INDUSTRY FUND

“The crafting and implementation of the Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act (RA 11524) is a gamechanger that would catalyze the modernization and industrialization of the coconut sector, and increase the productivity and incomes of millions of marginal coconut farmers and their families,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar. Signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on […]

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INDUSTRY ROADMAP TO MODERNIZE COCONUT SECTOR — DA

The coconut sector will be the first to reap the benefits of a well-planned development program with the completion of the Coconut Farmers’ and Industry Roadmap (Coco-FIRM). “We commend the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and its management, led by administrator Benjamin Madrigal, Jr., for their efforts, making them the first among the bureaus and attached […]

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NEW CAGAYAN ACCESS ROAD TO HELP COCONUT FARMERS

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has assisted the growing coconut industry in Sanchez Mira, Cagayan with the construction of a 123-lineal meter access road. Secretary Mark Villar said that the DPWH Cagayan 2nd District Engineering Office (DEO) implemented the P2-million project, which was funded through the 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA). “The […]

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PCA BOARD DRAFTS PLAN FOR P75B TRUST FUND – DAR

Two weeks after the signing of the “Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act” or Republic Act No. 11524, the six government representatives of the reconstituted Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Board convened virtually to discuss the major provisions of the law that need to be undertaken by respective committees and government agencies that will oversee […]

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COCONUT TRUST FUND LAW A GAME-CHANGER – DAR

Agriculture Secretary William Dar welcomes the signing by President Rodrigo Duterte of Republic Act No. 11524, or the Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act (CFITF), saying the law will pave way for the efficient use of the multi-billion-peso coconut levy to uplift the livelihood of millions of farmers and sustain the development of the […]

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FARMERS TO HAVE SAY ON COCO LEVY FUND USE

The coco levy trust fund law must benefit the country’s estimated 3.5 million coconut farmers, especially the smallholder farmers, Senator Kiko Pangilinan said as the Senate continues to discuss the bill seeking to actualize the Supreme Court decision on the estimated P105 billion levy initially collected from them. “Kailangang bantayan ang pagpasa ng batas na […]

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HOUSE APPROVES COCO TRUST FUND – PANGANIBAN

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 9197 which seeks to establish the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Trust Fund or “Trust Fund” which shall be used exclusively for the ultimate benefit of coconut farmers and the development of the country’s coconut industry. The bill is principally authored by former President […]

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HOUSE APPROVES COCO TRUST FUND – PANGANIBAN

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 9197 which seeks to establish the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Trust Fund or “Trust Fund” which shall be used exclusively for the ultimate benefit of coconut farmers and the development of the country’s coconut industry. The bill is principally authored by former President […]

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REFILE BILL ALLOWING FARMERS TO BENEFIT FROM COCO LEVY FUND – VILLAR

If re-elected, Senator Cynthia Villar has vowed to prioritize the enactment of a law that will finally allow 3.5 million coconut farmers and their beneficiaries to directly benefit from the P100 billion coconut levy fund. In a recent visit to Laguna, a coconut-producing province, Villar said she was saddened that President Rodrigo Duterte had vetoed […]

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DA’S P122B BUDGET TO LIFT FARMERS, FISHERFOLKS OUT OF POVERTY – VILLAR

Senator Cynthia Villar has sponsored in the Senate the proposed P122 billion proposed budget of the Department of Agriculture for 2019. “The Department of Agriculture’s budget is 3.34 percent of the proposed national budget amounting to P3.757 trillion.” Villar, chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, said DA’s budget is 3.34 percent of the […]