SE works for Loreto Davis

As a liaison officer in San Isidro municipal hall, Loreto Davis, 57, hopes to retire early so he can focus on managing his 1.7-hectare farm with 200 trees of coconut and 500 hills of cacao. With the falling prices of copra, Davis, a member of Small Coconut Farmers Organization (SCFO) in San Isidro has been […]

Women power farming in San Isidro

Wilma Puno, 75, dispelled the notion that only men can work in the farms, saying that for 40 years, she has maintained 1.8 hectares of coconut and cacao farm. “Kung kaya ng lalake, kayang-kaya naming mga babae,” she proudly proclaimed. Puno has been using agricultural practices such as mulching and pruning to make her crops […]

Thousands to benefit from water system rehab in South Cotabato

Around 3,000 residents in the municipalities of T’boli and Surallah, South Cotabato will now enjoy 24/7 access to potable water thanks to the rehabilitation and expansion of water systems in four (4) barangays. The existing water system in barangays Lamhaku and neighboring Talufo, T’boli have long suffered from neglect and deterioration, decreasing the time of water […]

Group proposes to use Coco Levy fund for enterprise development

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 July) – A Mindanao farmers’ group urged the government to use a portion of the coconut levy fund worth P75 billion to assist the coconut farmers here venture into a value-adding enterprise to help them recover from the low market price of whole nuts and copra. Romeo V. Ticon, project […]

Embracing faith and development

When Typhoon Glenda struck the province of Quezon in 2014, the office of Yakap at Halik Multi-Purpose Cooperative 2 (YHMPC2), fondly called as Yakap, was razed to the ground, not even office documents and other important files were spared. “Nawash-out yung files. Pati ‘yung soft copies (nawala),” General Manager Armel Amparo recalled. Despite this calamity, […]

Enterprise opportunities for Padre Burgos’s Bantay Dagat

With the continuous destruction of marine resources and the corresponding loss of livelihood, a group of 13 fisherfolks banded together in 2009 to protect the municipal waters of Tayabas Bay from illegal fishing. Called Ipil Action Group (IAG), the group relentlessly pursued fisherfolks who engaged in illegal and destructive practices such as dynamite fishing and […]

Ucap sees increase in coco-oil exports

THE Philippines will end the year with coconut-oil (CNO) shipments of 970,000 metric tons in copra terms (MT-CT) due to higher demand from the country’s major markets, the United Coconut Association of the Philippines (Ucap) said on Thursday. Citing data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Ucap Executive Director Yvonne T.V. Agustin said CNO shipments […]

Inclusive growth key to peace and prosperity in Mindanao

An inclusive atmosphere in business is necessary to maintain the gains of peace and continue the enabling environment for prosperity in Mindanao. This was emphasized by Dr. Annette Pelkmans-Balaoing, Escaping the Middle-Income Trap: Chains for Change (EMIT C4C) convenor, during a workshop in UP Diliman on July 12, 2019. “In the context of conflict and […]

PH signs P44-B agri project deal with Israel

MANILA — In a bid to strengthen the agriculture industry and support farmers, the Department of Agriculture (DA) closed a deal with the Israeli government for a PHP44-billion loan to complete the proposed solar power plant project. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Rafael Harpaz on Tuesday signed the Implementing Agreement […]

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