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Tenants may not be ejected from coco farms in disaster areas—DAR

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DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes. Photo from www.dar.gov.ph/

Coconut farmers unable to pay rent for their farms due to a natural calamity cannot be ejected from the land unless the ejectment is allowed by a court, the Department of Agrarian Reform said Wednesday.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Help coco farmers by returning levy’

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INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON FILE PHOTO

If the government wants to hasten the recovery of the coconut farmers in the typhoon-devastated areas of the Visayas, President Aquino should return the multibillion-peso coconut levy fund to its “real owners,” according to the militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and the claimants’ movement Coco Levy Funds Ibalik sa Amin (Claim).

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Coco lumber cutters needed for Eastern Samar

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Photo by RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

With thousands of felled coconut trees in typhoon-devastated farms in Eastern Samar, a group of rescuers who just came from the area is looking for skilled coconut lumber workers to cut and use the wood for a planned mass housing project for the survivors.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Aklan town farmers reel from loss of coconut trees

SEVERAL days after the onslaught of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” residents in New Washington town, Aklan province, struggle to rebuild their homes and their lives. MARICAR CINCO/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

For 60-year-old Joelino Saldivia, a coconut farmer from Barangay Julita, Libacao town, in Aklan province, Supertyphoon “Yolanda” is a typhoon like no other.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Farmers storm Times St. to protest coco levy plans

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FARMERS' PROTEST. Farmers carry coconuts with the words “Abolish pork barrel” in protest of plans to use coco levy funds for programs under agencies tagged in the pork barrel scam.

As waist-deep flood waters swamped parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces, at least a hundred farmers stormed President Benigno Aquino III’s home in Times St., Quezon City to protest the government’s refusal to return the controversial coconut levy funds to the sector.

Posted: August 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Tuba’ ready to conquer world markets

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A WORKER climbs a coconut tree to collect sap for making “tuba.”  VICENTE S. LABRO

“Tuba,” the bittersweet traditional wine of the Waray, has leveled up and is ready for export. A native of Leyte who retired from work in the United States put up a coconut wine production plant in Marasbaras District in Tacloban City in 2010 and came out with his premium coconut wine called Vino de Coco.

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

‘Tuba’: Wine of choice in Eastern Visayas

“Tuba” is the wine choice of people in Eastern Visayas, the second-biggest coconut-producing region in the country.

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Merci, buko!

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While most people complain about the searing heat these days, Bosing, my suki buko or coconut juice vendor across the University of San Carlos in Talamban, smiles even as he wipes the sweat on his brow with a face towel.

Posted: March 24th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Southern Leyte revitalizes its coco industry

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SOUTHERN Leyte businessmen want to raise coconut production to benefit some 64,000 families. DELFIN T. MALLARI JR./INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

Lands will be fertilized and coconut trees replanted in the next six years to revitalize the coconut industry in Southern Leyte. The aim is to raise coconut production to a volume valued at P1.4 billion by 2018, to benefit some 64,000 families.

Posted: November 23rd, 2012 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Alcala to coco tillers: Don’t expect cash

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Coconut farmers should not expect to receive any cash from the proceeds of the controversial coco levy fund that the Supreme Court recently ruled belonged to the government which must use it for the benefit of the farmers by resuscitating the struggling coconut industry.

Posted: November 11th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Coco farmers threaten to dump LP bets

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COCONUT farmers from Southern Tagalog region walked three days in September to go to Mendiola where they held a rally demanding that the coconut levy be distributed to them. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

LUCENA CITY—The continuous silence of President Benigno Aquino on the coconut levy issue could boomerang on the Liberal Party (LP) in next year’s polls, said several farmers’ groups on Tuesday who have united to campaign against the administration senatorial candidates.   “We challenge Aquino to break his silence on the coconut levy issue, otherwise millions [...]

Posted: October 9th, 2012 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Coco farmers to Aquino: Break silence on coco levy funds

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President Benigno S. Aquino III. MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU FILE PHOTO

The continuous silence of President Benigno Aquino on the coconut levy issue could boomerang on the Liberal Party in next year’s polls, said several farmers’ groups on Tuesday who have united to campaign against the administration senatorial candidates.

Posted: October 9th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Pests destroy coconut trees in Batangas

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She used to harvest 4,000 coconuts and 200 kilos of macapuno and buko each month, earning P15,000 and above from her 2.5 hectares of farm in Barangay Balele but that was before the coconut scale insects attacked and destroyed her farm.

Posted: June 8th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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