DA, pag-aaralan pa kung kinakailangang mag-angkat ng mantika sa ibang bansa

admin   •   January 29, 2014   •   3808

UNTV Drone Captured Image of the distraction of Typhoon Yolanda in this part of Visayas last December 2013. (Argie Purisima / PHOTOVILLE International)

MANILA, Philippines – Posibleng magkaroon ng kakulangan sa supply ng mantika sa bansa dahil sa pinsalang idinulot ng Bagyong Yolanda sa agrikultura.

Sa isang panayam ng UNTV, inihayag ni Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala na milyun-milyong mga puno ng niyog sa Visayas ang bumagsak sa paghagupit ng bagyo noong nakaraang taon.

Ayon sa kalihim, “Kasi po pag masyadong malaki ang tightness, may adjustment pong pwedeng gawin ang sa mga coco firm natin. Pwede silang magconvert ng kanilang… instead na mag-export lang sila ng crude coco oil, mag-re-refine po sila into cooking oil.”

Sa kabila nito, sinabi ni Alcala na pag-aaralan pa ng kagawaran kung kinakailangang umangkat ng mantika partikular ang palm oil at coconut oil mula sa ibang bansa.

Aniya, tinitingnan na rin ng DA at Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) ang ibang produkto mula sa niyog bukod sa crude coconut oil, gayundin ang mga paraan kung papaano makakakuha ng mantika mula sa ibang puno.

“Whatever na nabawas natin dun sa ating ordinary crude coco oil, magkakaroon po ng demand, so tataas ang demand sa coco oil, at the same time nagkakaroon pa po tayo ng value adding sa iba." — Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala (UNTV News)

“Whatever na nabawas natin dun sa ating ordinary crude coco oil, magkakaroon po ng demand, so tataas ang demand sa coco oil, at the same time nagkakaroon pa po tayo ng value adding sa iba.” — Department of Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala (UNTV News)

Nananawagan naman si Alcala sa publiko na huwag mag-alala dahil ginagawan na ng paraan ng gobyerno ang kakulangan sa supply ng mantika sa bansa.

“Wag po kayong mag-alala. aayusin po natin yan kung may-tightness man po maaaring tumaas ng kaunti… at the end of the day, yan pong coco oil, nag-a-adjust po on its own. If ever na may kakulangan, binibili rin po ng mas mataas ng ating mamimili sa Europa at Amerika,” anang kalihim.

Samantala, patuloy ang pagsasagawa ng DA ng mga programa sa mga lugar na sinalanta ni Yolanda, lalung lalo na sa mga may coconut plantation.

Ayon kay Alcala, “Yung mga natira po, ife-fertilize natin, kesa na maghintay tayo ng dalawang taon,  maybe after a year napapakinabangan na. Yung bumagsak na, pinagagayad po natin, panggamit sa mga bahay. at nagpapatanim na rin po tayo… especially that we have to prepare po sa climate change.” (Bianca Dava / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

DA estimates Typhoon Tisoy damage, losses

Maris Federez   •   December 9, 2019

Fishermen secure boats in anticipation rain and strong winds brought by Typhoon Kammuri, in Cavite City, Philippines, 03 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines— The Department of Agriculture on Monday (December 9) released the estimated damage and losses brought by Typhoon “Tisoy”.

The department announced that Tisoy caused damage and losses to around Php 3.70B.

In a statement released on Monday, the DA said: “the volume of production loss on rice, corn, high-value crops, livestock, and fisheries amounted to 195,046 metric tons, affecting 132,166 hectares and 92,701 farmers and fisherfolks.”

It explained that the increase from the initial estimate of Php 1.93B happened when updated and additional reports from Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Ilocos Region, and Eastern Visayas arrived.

The DA added that, “The damage and losses are only equivalent to 1% of the estimated total rice production by the end of 2019.”

Based on the DA’s monthly projection, losses in rice production is only 9% of the projected production for December. The estimated loss in corn production, meanwhile, was only 1.56%.

The Department said it has an available Php 250 million from the Quick Response Fund (QRF) for rehabilitation.

“The Agricultural Credit and Policy Council (ACPC) allocated PhP 65 million under the Survival Recovery (SURE) Program for assistance. The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) will fast-track the release of indemnity to farmers and fisherfolk hit by the typhoon,” the statement added.

It further said that they have prepared a total of 93,711 bags of rice seeds, 17,999 bags of corn seeds, 1,979 kgs of high-value crops seed reserves ready for distribution to affected farmers who are ready to replant.

Moreover, 7,500 coconut seedlings from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and 151,142 bags of RCEF seeds for eligible RCEF beneficiaries from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) are also ready for distribution in Region 5.

Affected fisherfolks in the region will also receive relief goods, tilapia fingerlings, and fishing paraphernalia (gill nets, bottom set long line, 30ft fiberglass boat engine) from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 5 (BFAR-5).

The DA also said that the concerned RFOs are still conducting field validation to give more accurate reports regarding the impact of Typhoon Tisoy. —mbmf

Duterte appoints Gonzalo Duque as PH Coconut Authority chief

Robie de Guzman   •   July 29, 2019

Attorney Gonzalo Duque was congratulated by Executive Secretary  Salvador Medialdea after he took oath as the new administrator of the Philippine Coconut Authority on 29 July 2019.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed lawyer Gonzalo Duque as the new administrator of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Malacañang announced on Monday (July 29).

Duque earned degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (1972) and Bachelor of Law (1976) from San Beda College Manila.

The new PCA chief also served as Pangasinan vice governor from 1987 to 1992.  

He was also designated director and later became deputy administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Prior to his appointment to the PCA, Duque served in the Social Security Commission in 2016 and worked  at the Lyceum Northwestern University for 17 years as chancellor.

“With his credentials, we expect a man of competence and integrity in the likes of Mr. Duque to champion the cause of the Filipino coconut farmers,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a message to reporters.

Gonzalo is the brother of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte wants more safeguards; vetoes bill reconstituting PCA

Marje Pelayo   •   February 11, 2019

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte refused to sign Senate Bill 1976 and House Bill 8522 which seek to strengthen the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and manage the billion-peso coco levy fund for farmers.

Malacañang argued that the P10-billion in annual appropriation for the development of an industry “is susceptible to corruption akin to creating pork barrel funds” because its implementation is handled by an agency that is not required to seek approval from the Executive Branch.

With a reconstituted PCA, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said, there will be no checks and balances over its functions including the sale, disposition and dissolution of the coco levy assets.

The Executive Branch is also not in favor of the bill’s composition of the 15-member PCA Board which employs seven members from the private sector which “translates to permitting private persons to influence the disbursement of public funds.”

Lastly, the Palace argued that: “The PCA is set up like the Road Board which is heavily criticized for allegations of corruption and misappropriation of funds.”

“The PCA Board, like the Road Board which disburses the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge, is given full authority to disburse PhP10-Billion every year in perpetuity without a terminal date, and subject only to review by Congress after six years”, Panelo said.

The measure’s author, Senator Cynthia Villar said it is “unfortunate” that President Duterte did not sign the bill but remains hopeful for the local farmers to soon benefit from the coco levy fund.

“Certainly, this will not discourage us until we see the day when our coconut farmers, who are among our country’s poorest, benefit from the fund that is rightfully theirs,” Villar concluded.

With these, the Chief Executive is asking Congress to redraft the bill and put more safeguards to the funds intended for the local coconut farmers. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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