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P2.8B for coconut industry released

RESIDENTS of the village of Sagkahan in Tacloban City view the destruction left by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” on their community. FILE PHOTO

Relief is on its way to coconut farmers in the provinces in central Philippines hit last November by Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” the top official of the coconut industry’s administrative body said on Saturday.

Posted: January 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Hope dims for copra workers amid ‘Yolanda’ ruin

CLEOPE Precila Eclionel won’t live in a tent or an evacuation center and fixes the damage wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” on her house in Salcedo, Eastern Samar. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

More than three weeks after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” struck, Teodulfo Grefiel, 48, is still in disbelief that he has lost his main source of income, copra (dried coconut meat).

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Coconut festival stirs memories abroad


Memories of the weeklong “Niyogyugan Festival,” which showcased Quezon province’s top products and rich cultural traditions in colorful fiesta-like events, have spilled overseas from Perez Park and the provincial Capitol complex in Lucena City.

Posted: September 9th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Coconut farmers want their money back

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

More than 200 small coconut farmers and leaders of various peasant organizations from Southern Tagalog and Bicol region who were attending the “coco levy funds claimants summit” in the town of Pagbilao, Quezon, on Tuesday demanded a cash distribution of the multibillion-peso coconut levy funds being held by the government.

Posted: November 14th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Alcala to coco tillers: Don’t expect cash


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 »

Joker Arroyo wants coco farmers to get cash now

Senator Joker Arroyo

Senator Joker Arroyo on Wednesday called for the immediate cash distribution to coconut farmers of assets now estimated at more than P100 billion acquired using a coconut levy collected from them during the martial law years.

Posted: April 12th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Aquino urged to push for passage of coco levy bill


To break the legal impasse that has been preventing the poor coconut farmers from benefiting from the billions of pesos of coconut levy funds, a peasant group leader on Monday urged President Aquino to immediately push for passage of the proposed Coconut Levy Funds Administration and Management Act (HB 3443) now pending in Congress.

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

Aquino to do what’s right on coco levy funds–Palace

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President Benigno Aquino III INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III will decide based on “what is right for the people” the disposition of the coco levy funds.

Posted: April 1st, 2012 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Aquino urged to speak up on coco levy fund, or else

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President Benigno Aquino III INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Farmers are threatening to mount protests unless President Benigno Aquino III breaks his silence on the contentious coconut levy fund after the Supreme Court ruling a year ago, which said a P60-billion block of shares in San Miguel Corp. (SMC) belonged to his uncle, Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, became final.

Posted: March 30th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

UCPB, Cocolife claim P15 B of 24-percent block of SMC shares


Even United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) and United Coconut Planters Life Assurance Corp. (Cocolife) appear to be keen on “cashing in” on the 24-percent block of shares in San Miguel Corp. (SMC) that is awaiting final resolution in the Supreme Court.

Posted: March 29th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Supreme Court slams door on coconut farmers

Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Coconut farmers can kiss goodbye their hopes of recovering nearly P60 billion worth of shares in San Miguel Corp. (SMC).

Posted: March 29th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

‘UCPB doesn’t give loans to those in slippers’


For three decades, Oscar F. Santos waited, and waited, and waited for the return of billions in coconut levy funds to millions of farmers on whose backs a few have amassed great wealth in the biggest scam to ever confront the nation.

Posted: March 28th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Farmer sells kidney to redeem family farm

SOLD KIDNEY Farmer Welchor de Vera shows the scar after part of his kidney was removed through surgery. He sold his kidney to buy back the family farm in Lopez, Quezon. Photo taken on March 3, 2012. RAFFY LERMA

Welchor de Vera wanted so much to redeem a mortgage taken by his parents on the family’s coconut farm that he sold one of his kidneys to an Arab for P90,000.

Posted: March 27th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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