Philippine Coconut Authority - updates

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Ex-AFP chief Madrigal is new Philippine Coconut Authority board member

Jan 28, 2020 - 2:43 PM

Benjamin Madrigal Jr assumes the post 4 months after he retired as military chief

PCA BOARD. Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr has been named as newest member of the Philippine Coconut Authority governing board. Photo from the Eastern Mindanao Command

Gonzalo Duque appointed PH Coconut Authority administrator

Jul 29, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Gonzalo Duque is the brother of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and is currently serving as commissioner of the Social Security Commission

Duterte vetoes 7 bills in first 3 years in office

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Among the vetoed bills are the twin measures that would have fulfilled President Duterte's campaign promise to coconut farmers

'Na-Duterte kami:' Why farmers feel betrayed by coco levy vetoes

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Coconut farmers slam President Duterte for inconsistencies amid the veto of two coconut levy bills, which would have paved the way for the use of funds stolen from them

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Duterte vetoes coconut farmers trust fund bill

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:28 PM

It's back to the drawing board for lawmakers on how the P76-billion coco levy funds will be managed in order to benefit coconut farmers

VETO. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 34th Cabinet meeting at the Malacañang Palace on February 6, 2019. Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

Why Duterte vetoed bill on Philippine Coconut Authority

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:23 AM

There are 3 main reasons why President Rodrigo Duterte, with a 'heavy heart,' sent the enrolled bill back to Congress for further deliberation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 34th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 6, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte vetoes bill reconstituting Philippine Coconut Authority

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:42 PM

The proposed law – critical to the distribution of coco levy funds to coconut farmers – 'lacks vital safeguards,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in a letter to Congress

CAMPAIGN PROMISE. Then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte signs a manifesto promising coconut farmers they will benefit from the coco levy funds within his first 100 days in office. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Duterte taps ex-Air Force chief Kintanar to head PH Coconut Authority

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says he has asked Philippine Coconut Authority officials to tender their courtesy resignations

NEW PCA CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte appoints former Philippine Air Force chief Lieutenant General Galileo Kintanar as Philippine Coconut Authority chief. File photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Another sacked PCUP commissioner back in government

Jun 07, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Manuel Serra Jr is reappointed by President Rodrigo Duterte, this time as a member of the Philippine Coconut Authority governing board

NFA transferred back to agriculture department

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:14 PM

The National Food Authority used to be under the supervision of the office of Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr

PALACE MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a group shop after a meeting with somemembers of the National Food Authority Council members on April 16, 2018. Photo from Facebook page of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol

Nearly P620 million in unauthorized bonuses given to GOCCs in 2016

Oct 29, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office has the largest amount of unauthorized perks released in 2016, at P518 million

UNAUTHORIZED BENEFITS. The Commission on Audit finds that 8 GOCCs paid P619 million worth of unauthorized perks to its personnel in 2016.

Ahead of SONA, farmers demand Duterte action on coco levy vow

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Coconut farmers want President Rodrigo Duterte to use his 2nd State of the Nation Address to fulfill his campaign promise to them

PROMISE. Coconut farmers marched from PCA, where they first met with Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr, to Malacañang. Photo from Kilus Magniniyog

New PCA chief 'confident' coco levy bill will pass in 2017

Jul 06, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Philippine Coconut Authority Administrator Romulo dela Rosa says they will push for the inclusion of the coco levy trust fund bill in President Rodrigo Duterte s 2nd State of the Nation Address

Rappler Talk: Romulo dela Rosa, new PH Coconut Authority chief

Jul 06, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Dela Rosa takes over following the suspension of his predecessor Avelino Andal

Pangilinan seeks Senate probe into corruption in PH Coconut Authority

Apr 01, 2017 - 10:40 AM

Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr chair of the PCA governing board says the board members are ready to attend the probe and stand by the suspension of PCA Administrator Avelino Andal

Commemoration Dinner on the 4th death anniversary of former DILG secretary Jesse Robredo at the Centennial Hall of Club Filipino in San Juan on August 18, 2016.

Coco levy fund scam: Gold for the corrupt, crumbs for farmers

Jan 21, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Part 1: Many coconut farmers have died waiting in vain and with them went the hope they would one day reap the rewards of what s seen as among the biggest scams of the century

DBM questioned on budget cut for coconut farmers

Aug 31, 2016 - 2:57 PM

They are the poorest in the Philippines They earn only on the average P50 a day or P1 500 a month We should do something says Senator Cynthia Villar

File photo by WorldVision

PCA wants bigger 2016 budget for coco agro-industrial hubs

Sep 04, 2015 - 1:12 PM

The agency suffers a huge slash in its proposed 2016 budget Funds for coconut replanting fertilization and income raising for farmers have been reduced

MAKING A LIVING. The government hopes to increase the income of coconut famers, among the poorest workers in the country. Photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

Gov't aims to usher in 'golden age' of PH coconut sector

Feb 26, 2015 - 4:17 PM

An investors summit is held to attract more investments to the industry and help lift coconut farmers from poverty

COCO PRODUCTS. Coconut can be used to make body products like this. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Coconut pest infestation at 'manageable' level

Feb 11, 2015 - 2:41 PM

The pest is here to stay however says the government Funds have been allotted to monitor the remaining 9 hotspots and prevent the infestation from spreading

'YOLANDA OF PESTS.' The coconut scale insects, looking like brown, creamy spores, attach to the undersheath of coconut tree leaves

PCA to probe 'overpriced' fertilizer contract

Dec 18, 2014 - 1:37 PM

The contract may have been overpriced by P10 million enough to buy 20 000 more fertilizer for coconut trees recovering from a pest outbreak

Yolanda survivors: From coconut farmers to carpenters

Nov 06, 2014 - 4:30 PM

How can affected coconut farmers regain their livelihood after Typhoon Yolanda?

Farmers march from Davao to Manila for Coconut Fund

Oct 16, 2014 - 2:42 PM

KM71 a campaign of coconut farmers belonging to Kilus Magniniyog runs for 71 days

Want to start a farm? 3 tips from Kiko Pangilinan

Oct 07, 2014 - 12:26 PM

Presidential Assistant on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan says only a strong private public partnership can sustain growth in the agricultural sector

FARMER-CENTERED. Secretary Francis Pangilinan says the problem with Philippine agriculture is the lack of respect for farmers. File photo from the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization

Coconut pest spread 'manageable' by December

Sep 29, 2014 - 6:52 PM

The Philippine Coconut Authority says infested trees are recovering even as groups hit the agency for using pesticides toxic to certain insects

Gov't reveals plan to contain coconut pest outbreak in 6 months

Jun 30, 2014 - 6:39 PM

The number of infested trees has nearly doubled in 60 days But the government says it is waging an all out war against the pest

RACE AGAINST TIME. The government hopes to stop the spread of the new coconut pest in 6 months. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

NFA and PCA boards elect new administrators

Jun 24, 2014 - 3:13 PM

The new National Food Authority chief is former president of San Miguel Foods Inc while the new Philippine Coconut Authority head is a coconut industry veteran

Malacañang issues order to contain coconut pest outbreak

Jun 06, 2014 - 4:49 PM

Executive Order 169 aims to combat an epidemic that endangers the country s 2 billion coconut industry which provides livelihood to 3 5 million farmers

DEATH THROES. A coconut farmer in Laguna had no choice but to cut down his infested coconut tree (left) while another of his trees (right) is also severely infested. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PH to lose P186M a year from coconut pest outbreak

May 14, 2014 - 10:50 AM

The Typhoon Yolanda of pests may threaten the country s position among the top coconut producers in the world

THE PEST. The coconut scale insects, looking like brown, creamy spores, attach to the undersheath of coconut tree leaves

4 provinces to be put under quarantine vs coconut pest

Mar 19, 2014 - 3:31 PM

By the end of March checkpoints in Batangas Laguna Cavite and Quezon will regulate the entry and exit of coconut goods

DYING TREE OF LIFE. Infested coconut trees near Mt Makiling in Los Baños, Laguna have yellowing, dying leaves. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

New pest fast destroying coconut trees in Luzon

Jan 31, 2014 - 2:19 PM

The infestation is spreading fast from Calabarzon to Bicol The Philippine Coconut Authority needs local governments to declare a state of calamity

DYING TREE OF LIFE. Infested coconut trees near Mt Makiling in Los Baños, Laguna have yellowing, dying leaves. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Coconut farmers face ruin after Haiyan

Nov 21, 2013 - 1:09 PM

It hurts Coconut farming families are going to go hungry says an official

DEVASTATED. This aerial photo shows uprooted coconut trees on a hill near the town of Guiuan in Eastern Samar province in the central Philippines on November 11, 2013 only days after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the town on November 8. Philippines rescue workers struggled to bring aid to famished and destitute survivors on November 11 after the super typhoon that may have killed more than 10,000 people, in what is feared to be the country's worst natural disaster. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE