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Palace: When will farmers benefit from P72.8-B fund?

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How much longer should coconut farmers wait before they could benefit from the P72.8-billion coco levy fund?

Posted: November 28th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Aquino: Levy is for farmers

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PRESIDENTIAL ASSURANCE President Aquino meets on Wednesday with coconut farmers who marched from Davao City starting on Sept. 21, the 42nd anniversary of martial law, to Malacañang. He assured them that the government is on their side and supports their efforts to recover coco levy funds. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Their long walk to Malacañang did not exactly go to waste. Assuring coconut farmers that the government was “on your side,” President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday threw his support behind a bill outlining how they would directly benefit from P71 billion in taxes collected from them during the Marcos regime.

Posted: November 27th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Use of toxic pesticide on coconut trees assailed

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The environment group Greenpeace and coconut farmer groups have criticized the government’s use of the toxic pesticide neonicotinoids to combat the coconut scale insect (CSI) or “cocolisap” infestation that is threatening to wipe out the country’s coconut industry.

Posted: July 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t should have acted earlier vs coco pest, say solons

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The Philippine Coconut Administration (PCA) erred big-time when it failed to seriously look into the then developing coconut scale insect (CSI) or “cocolisap” infestation after it was first detected in 2009, militant lawmakers said.

Posted: June 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t move vs coco pest 5 years delayed

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FORMER Sen. and now Presidential Adviser on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan during his first press briefing as a member of the Cabinet. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

An official of the scientists’ group Advocates of Science and Technology for the People (Agham) on Friday blamed the government for its failure to prevent the outbreak of coconut scale infestation (CSI), or “cocolisap,” that could have been foiled five years ago.

Posted: June 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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