Team PNoy bets dared to speak on coco levy, not coco water

A+
A
A-

President Benigno Aquino III

LUCENA CITY, Philippines—Millions of poor coconut farmers across the country will continue to remain destitute even with the improved export index of Philippine’s “coco water,” an official of the militant farmers group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas said Tuesday.

KMP deputy secretary general Willy Marbella in a phone interview said the big landlords, who control most of the country’s coconut farmlands, and agribusiness companies would be the ones to benefit from the export of coco water.

Prior to his campaign sortie in Catanauan, Quezon on Monday for Team PNoy candidates, President Benigno Aquino III visited Peter Paul Philippine Corp. in Candelaria town, one of the country’s manufacturers of coconut-based products, including desiccated coconut and coco water in tetra pack for export.

Marbella dared Liberal Party senatorial bets to speak on their plans, once elected, on the controversial P72-billion coconut levy fund that is now in government hands.

He expressed disgust over the administration candidates’ continuing silence and apparent snub of the small coconut farmers’ demand for a return of the coco levy fund when it is already midway through the campaign period.

He said Mr. Aquino and Team PNoy’s senatorial candidates’ tight-lipped stance on the coco levy issue will be paid back with a “zero-votes campaign” by peasants all over the country.

The multibillion-peso coconut levy fund is expected to benefit more than 20 million coconut farmers and their families living in more than 21,000 coconut-producing villages across the country.

The KMP, the Kaisahang Pambansa ng mga Magsasaka sa Koprahan (Koprahan), and the claimants” movement Coco Levy Funds Ibalik sa Amin (CLAIM) are proposing that “genuine and legitimate small coconut farmers” become the primary beneficiaries of the coco levy funds in the form of cash and other social benefits.

Last month, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala slammed anew the proposed distribution of the nearly P70-billion coconut levy fund to individual farmers.

He suggested that the assets be used to rehabilitate and modernize the industry so that benefits would trickle down to the poorest coconut farmer.

Under Alcala’s proposal, the coco levy fund will be placed in a perpetual trust fund and part of its earnings to be used in the long-neglected research and development of the coconut industry.

The Presidential Task Force on the Coco Levy Funds has also been pushing for the allocation of P11.17 billion from the coco levy fund for its “Poverty Reduction Program for the Coconut Industry” project.

“Cash distribution will be in the form of social benefits. This is not a dole-out and a far cry from the corruption-ridden conditional cash transfer (CCT) program included in the NAPC roadmap,” Marbella said.

Coconut farmers from Quezon are believed to be the biggest contributors to the coco levy fund, a tax exacted from them between 1973 and 1982 during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • muddygoose

    Please invest it on things that will make Philippine agriculture sustainable and competitive. Build the necessary infrastructure and institutions to ensure farmers have access to information, loans, and the market!

  • BOYPDAF

    GIve the money to coconut farmers..its not yours Procy!who are you to decide?for the money that is for them..pag naubos problema nila yun but it doesnt mean ala kayung program for them.parang tinatakot nio pa na pinapalabas nio na hindi sila marunong gumamit ng pera at thru social assistance pa kunoi,its ur job to give assistance and support for improvement of coconut development,ung pera sa COCO levy extra na lamang nila..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    Abnoy is really Abnoy, well he do not know the effect of coco water to our economy.
    taking out coco water from young coconuts will eventually lead to scarcity of our cooking oil.
    He should be told by his adviser about this.

    • buttones

      I doubt the president understands what you are talking about….

    • sanjuan683

       Palagi nga siya niloloko ng mga advisers niya dahil nga Abnoy o sinto-sinto siya

    • otire

      eh kung mataas naman ang kita sa coco water bakit hindi? Dami namang murang cooking oil dyan. at saka maganda naman ang epekto sa kalusogan nang coco water kisa cooking oil. gamitin na lang sa tamang paraan ang fund na yan. Bantayan na lang nang taong bayan na wag mapunta sa kung iilang bulsa  nang namumuno. Kasi kung ibibigay mo naman yan sa farmers malamang 1 buwan lang ubos yan sa sabungan, inoman, mamamasyal sa nga kamag anak, bibili nang cp o kung ano pa.Basahin mo comment ni muddygoose. di ba tama siya?

    • Arnold Angeles

      did you know that cooking oil doesn’t come from coco water but but coco meat.  just correcting your blog.  i’m not partisan, not even qualified to vote in the phillippines, just making comment.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

         Hahaha ! coconut oil is extracted from mature coconut fruit. and if the young coconut fruit is harvested, how can we have a mature coconut fruit. ?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FXCIZ3GD4CSNVVIUIVYX6VC4KI Apolinario

    They have no plan of giving it why? The fund is a good source for sucking government officials.
    Gatasan ika nga ng mga nakaupo at iba pang uupo.

  • sanjuan683

    Puro kayo bolero kasi election na naman

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    There is a C-vote after all. No, not the Catholic vote but the Coconut (poor farmers) vote. I support this group, KMP, on behalf of the thousands of disadvantaged coconut farmers and their families out of the huge coconut levy fund that remains in limbo. After Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s maternal uncle, Danding Cojuangco, the original Pac-man, benefited from the coco levy fund created to fund Danding’s business empire with approval from the dictator-president Ferdinand Marcos, it had grown into fat piggy bank for the conspirators and, until now, there is no clear sign that the poor coconut farmers will survive their lifetimes and still receive their equitable share of the fund. The fund has been fleeced by Danding for him to acquire San Miguel Corp. shares and now he is the top gun (sonofagun, that is).

    The slogan, Tuwid na Daan or Daang Matuwid, is a big joke. When it comes to P-Noy’s maternal uncles, Danding and Peping Cojuangco, they are  untouchables.What can anyone expect from an elitist politician fortunate to win in the elections via emotional sympathy?

    • Vin

      PNoy’s ‘Tuwid na Daan’ slogan is only applicable if he is going after allies of arroyo. only those people connected with arroyo, directly or indirectly, are corrupt in his eyes

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

        Sultan Jamalul Kiram III ran as a senatorial candidate under GMA’s Team Unity ticket but he lost. So, it is no small wonder that P-Noy is allergic of the Kiram family on the Sabah issue. I hope that I am wrong about this and want to give the president the benefit of the doubt until we find out how he makes his move to solve pending national problems, including the coco levy fund’s farmers’ share issue that is gathering dust in the Executive Office.

  • boybakal

    Team PNoy bets dared to speak on COCO LEVY, not COCO WATER.

    Agree… Coco Levy is Money, whereas Coco Water is Vinegar.
    Pera o Suka….of course pera….aanhin mo ang suka….sukang suka na ang mga Pnoy sa hirap ng buhay.

  • JOSE RIZAL

    isn’t it high time to vote for the unpopular candidates? maybe, they will have the balls to do what is right and start a new dawn on philippine politics.

    • Vin

      vote for the independent candidates. but of course we need to do our research…

  • go88

    Haciendero abnoy is not interested by the ‘indio’ coconut farmer … they don’t exist in his eyes.  

  • Vin

    give to the coco farmers what are due to them. as long as elitists are in government then abuses against the little people will continue. will we ever have a statesman like ramon magsaysay who’s is a president for the people in our time?

  • disqusted0fu

    As usual, the Aquino administration’s projects are only for the upper class and it never trickles down to the lower maybe not even to the middle class. The only thing that trickles down to the lower class is trickery. For all we know, the Coco Levy Fund is already being used as campaign funds.

  • JasonBieber

    So this is concerning the poor farmers? Then don’t expect PNoy to do anything to help them.

    Farmers were supposed to receive their portion of the coco levy fund but have yet to receive anything.

    Other farmers were supposed to receive their portion of the Hacienda Luisita land but have yet to receive anything.

    What does the coco levy and Hacienda have in common…the owners of both are related to the President.

  • sopingac

    For as long as oligarchs are in office, no drastic change will happen in this country.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks

advertisement

popular

advertisement

videos