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Higher biodiesel blend pushed as copra prices remain low

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Industry stakeholders say even a 1% increase in coconut methyl ester in diesel can help bring up copra prices, which have been declining

Public and private vehicle owners form long lines at a gas station to avail of current lower gas prices as a 12 midnight big time oil price hike of 220 pesos for diesel and 150 pesos for gasoline looms. January 14, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Despite final ruling, Cocolife wants to negotiate coco levy case with PCGG

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:09 AM

Cocolife insists the best way to move forward is through a negotiated settlement with the PCGG, an agency that once expressed openness to dropping suits against the Marcoses

Coco levy fund: Duterte's failed promise

Jul 19, 2018 - 5:52 PM

'He's been doing it all along for other bills like the death penalty, lowering of age [of criminal responsibility], why not do this for his campaign promise, coco levy?'

FAILED CAMPAIGN PROMISE? President Rodrigo Duterte promises coconut farmers that he would return the coco levy funds to them. Two years into his term, the promise remains just that. File photo by Rappler

12 officials of CIIF-OMG resign over appointment of 'incompetent' CEO

Jul 13, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Officials of the Coconut Industry Investment Fund-Oil Mills Group claim its new CEO Rehan Lao is the national president of Sulong ang Pag-Unlad Movement, a group pushing Special Assistant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go to run for senator

MASS RESIGNATION. All top executives of the Coconut Industry Investment Fund Oil Mills Group resign over the appointment of Rehan Lao, a supporter of Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go, as president of the company. Lao's photo from Malacañang. CIIF-OMG logo from the company's website

Legal battles further delay turnover of coco levy funds to farmers

Jan 14, 2018 - 6:35 PM

The Sandiganbayan rules in favor of UCPB and Cocolife's request to be heard despite an earlier Supreme Court decision that there is no need for further hearings

Duterte's coco levy promise: It's time to 'force the issue with Congress'

Jun 30, 2017 - 1:32 PM

During the campaign President Duterte vowed to return the coconut levy fund to poor farmers within his first 100 days Congressmen are getting in the way

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. After a year in office, the promise remains just that. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

The politics of the coco levy scam: From Marcos to Noynoy Aquino

Jan 22, 2017 - 11:00 AM

PART 2: More than the long arduous fights in court for the coconut levy funds the main battleground is in Malacañang and Congress where politics comes into play

POLITICS. The long battle for the coco levy funds is not limited to courts, with politics getting in the way of coconut farmers and their beneficiaries.

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

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

Lakan lambanog: A warrior for the coconut industry

Apr 16, 2015 - 4:47 PM

The operations of the award winning liquor brand has increased 10 times the income that farmers used to earn harvesting copra

WORLD-CLASS. The 6-month-old lambanog brand Lakan hopes to raise the bar for the lambanog industry. All photos by Naoki Mengua/Rappler

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

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

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

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

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

Tuba man from Tacloban

Nov 06, 2014 - 5:37 PM

For 40 years Salvador earned a living making traditional coconut wine Then Yolanda came along


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

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

Social entrepreneur urges farmers to look beyond copra

Aug 23, 2014 - 11:30 AM

Jun Castillo is passionate about social entrepreneurship through teaching farmers the potentials of harnessing coconut and its by products

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

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

'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

Gov't to use coco levy proceeds on farm inputs

Nov 10, 2012 - 9:24 PM

The Department of Agriculture DA aims to use the coconut levy funds recovered by the government for provision of farm inputs to raise the competitiveness of the coconut industry

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