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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

Department of Agriculture eyes more high-value coconut products

May 02, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he wants coconut farmers to go beyond copra. It remains unclear, however, when the coco levy fund will be released.

RAIN OR SHINE. Coconut farmers – young and old, men and women – brave the elements during their 71-day march to Malacañang Palace in 2014. File Photo by Rappler

Farmers call on gov't to stop farm struggle, pass Coconut Trust Fund

Apr 11, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Kilus Magniniyog hopes to reclaim the coco levy funds – money collected from coconut farmers during the time of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos

TRUST FUND. Coconut farmers marched from the Philippine Coconut Authority to Mendiola to protest the low prices of copra and to call for the passage of their version of the Coconut Farmers’ Trust Fund. Photo courtesy of Kilus Magniniyog

Duterte veto: Coconut trust fund bill may be unconstitutional

Feb 18, 2019 - 11:04 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also argues that the current bill's proposed coconut trust fund may benefit wealthy coconut farmer owners more than smallholder farmers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during his meeting with the Filipinos based in Papua New Guinea at the Filipino Community Center in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on November 16, 2018. Malacañang Photo

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

Final version of coco levy bill shatters farmers' hopes

Aug 03, 2018 - 4:48 PM

'Maaaring magtagal na naman ang aming paghihintay at pakikibaka bago makamit ng mga mahihirap at maliliit na magniniyog ang bunga ng coco levy,' says a national coalition of coconut farmers' movements

VILLAR LAUDS APPROVAL OF COCO LEVY BILL BY BICAM PANEL- Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, said the approval by the bicameral conference committee of the reconciled version of the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Act, "marks the end of the long and grueling journey of enacting a law which will make sure 3.5 million coconut farmers will greatly benefit from the P100-billion funds which are rightfully theirs." In photo are members of the bicam panel (standing) Rep. Cecilia Chavez, Sen.Francis Pangilinan, Rep. Celso Lobregat, Rep. Arthur Yap, Rep. Edcel Lagman, Rep. Manuel Sagarbarria; (seated) Rep. Evelina Escudero, Villar, Rep. Jose Panganiban Jr., and Rep. Sharon Garin. Also in photo are Department of Agriculture officials. Photo by the office of Sen. Cynthia Villar

Recto hit for 'excluding' coconut farmers from coco levy bill

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:15 AM

'Pera na nga namin, maglo-lobby pa kami? Pera na nga namin, makikiusap pa kami?' says Ed Mora, lead convenor of the Kilusang Magniniyog, on the need for congressional approval before use of coco levy funds

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

House OKs bill creating trust fund for coconut farmers

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:17 PM

The passage of the bill once again steals the coconut levy fund from the farmers, according to progressive congressmen who oppose the measure

DEDUCTIONS. A coconut farmers shows documents to prove that the government deducted levies on coconut farmers' products. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

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

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Jun 16, 2016 - 7:54 PM

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Danding, coco levy mess rile up Poe, Roxas camps

Mar 11, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero blame the Liberal Party for the non disbursement of the funds to farmers The LP asks: What did you do as senators?

A 'green revolution' that may save Filipino coconut farmers

Jan 26, 2016 - 6:53 PM

Coconut farmers in Quezon experiment with agroforestry and intercropping strategies that may help them survive typhoons drought and pests

NEW, OLD WAY. Coconut farmer Rizal Marjes now plants over 10 types of crops in what used to be just a coconut farm. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

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 seeks turnover of 72% UCPB coco levy stake

Jun 16, 2015 - 9:11 PM

Citing a High Court resolution the Office of the Solicitor General and PCGG say the disputed UCPB shares are rightfully owned by the Republic of the Philippines

Aquino signs EOs on utilization of coco levy funds

Mar 19, 2015 - 4:47 PM

UPDATED Executive Order 180 allows the use of the multibillion peso coconut levy funds to empower coconut farmers who are among the country s poorest

PLEDGE. President Benigno S. Aquino III receives the coconut farmers' proposals and recommendations during a dialogue at the Palace Heroes Hall on November 26, 2014. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

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

SC affirms decision to give coco levy funds to farmers

Dec 10, 2014 - 5:45 PM

The decision paves the way for Congress bills creating a trust fund for coconut farmers which President Benigno Aquino III had promised to certify as urgent

Coconut farmers want to see coco levy EO first

Nov 26, 2014 - 7:23 PM

The EO will be a temporary measure while Congress is in the process of approving a bill that will ensure funds for coconut farmers which Aquino has promised to certify as urgent

Aquino vows to certify coco levy bill as urgent

Nov 26, 2014 - 4:31 PM

Addressing coconut farmers in Malacañang Palace President Benigno Aquino III pledges to act quickly on their petition on the use of the multi billion peso coconut levy fund

Aquino to meet with marching coconut farmers

Nov 25, 2014 - 6:00 PM

The President is set to meet with 71 coconut farmers who have marched 1 750 kilometers to demand that billions of pesos in coco levy funds directly benefit them

FARMER'S MARCH. Coconut farmer Dionisio Abao hopes President Benigno Aquino III will allow farmers like him to benefit from the P71-billion coco levy funds. All photos by Jom Tolentino/Rappler

Farmers urge SC to make decision on coco levy case final

Nov 19, 2014 - 7:11 PM

Anti poverty chief Joel Rocamora says that without a partial entry of judgment on a court decision made 2 years ago Malacañang cannot move to use the funds to help coconut farmers

Marching coconut farmers seek audience with Aquino

Nov 17, 2014 - 9:19 PM

The coconut farmers are more than half way done with their 71 day 1 750 kilometer journey Will Aquino face them in Malacañang?

Will Aquino face the marching coconut farmers?

Nov 11, 2014 - 6:03 PM

In two weeks 71 coconut farmers will arrive in Malacañang hoping to meet face to face with President Aquino to demand action on the P71 billion coco levy funds

FARMER'S MARCH. Coconut farmer Dionisio Abao hopes President Benigno Aquino III will allow farmers like him to benefit from the P71-billion coco levy funds. All photos by Jom Tolentino/Rappler

Yolanda survivors: From coconut farmers to carpenters

Nov 06, 2014 - 4:30 PM

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

Draft coco levy EO may be with Aquino before end-Nov

Nov 04, 2014 - 3:58 PM

Secretary Francis Pangilinan gives the assurance as coconut farmers call on President Aquino to mobilize the P71 billion coco levy funds for the benefit of the coconut industry

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

Coconut pest threatens Mimaropa, Bicol, Zamboanga

Jun 09, 2014 - 11:48 PM

The government aims to implement a 6 month program to control the outbreak

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

The plight of Leyte's coconut farmers

May 24, 2014 - 12:45 PM

Millions of people in Yolanda affected areas still need support for food security and livelihood restoration

COCONUT FARMER. Nenita, 48, works as a coconut farmer to support her children. Photo by Crislyn Felisilda/World Vision

'Farmers, fishermen left out in Yolanda recovery efforts'

Feb 06, 2014 - 1:12 AM

Oxfam says there s no funding with the UN for coconut farmers and fishermen who support more than 1 million families and are now dependent on aid

DEVASTATED. This aerial photo shows uprooted coconut trees on a hill near the town of Guiuan in Eastern Samar 3 days after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck on November 8. Photo by Agence France-Presse/Ted Aljibe

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

Coco farmers to Ombudsman: Probe San Miguel stake conversion

Oct 10, 2012 - 11:20 AM

The groups allege the government lost P16 billion revenues as a result of the anomalous conversion

San Miguel-coco levy saga ends

Oct 05, 2012 - 5:54 PM

The amount will go to programs benefiting the coconut industry and its farmers

Task force recommendations on coco levy out soon

Sep 29, 2012 - 1:49 PM

A presidential task force will reconvene on October 5 to determine the government s next move on the coco levy funds