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QUEZON CITY-- The members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food, and Agrarian Reform pushed for the continuing registration of coconut farmers in a public hearing last June 10, 2021.

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LUCENA CITY, May 28 – The local government units (LGU) of Panukulan and Tagkawayan, Quezon received a total of Php34 million (Php17 million each) from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) for the establishment of virgin coconut oil (VCO) processing facilities through a Ceremonial Transfer of Fund held on May 27, 2021 at the Farmer’s Hall, PCA Region IV, Brgy. Isabang, Lucena City.

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April 26, 2021 --- The Department of Agriculture-Philippine Coconut Authority (DA-PCA) successfully passed the Initiation Stage of the Performance Governance System (PGS) and was conferred with the Silver Trailblazer Award by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA). after the virtual public revalida held on April 23, 2021.

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April 15, 2021 --- A total of 160 coconut farmers from Panukulan, Quezon received their check incentives for participating in the Crop Diversification Project under the expanded COVID-19 response of the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Coconut Authority (DA-PCA).

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April 8, 2021 ---- The Department of Agriculture-Philippine Coconut Authority (DA-PCA) hosted a virtual consultation meeting with coconut farmer group leaders on the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Plan (CFIDP), which will be the basis of fund utilization under the Republic Act No. 11524, or the Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act.

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The Department of Agriculture-Philippine Coconut Authority (DA-PCA) enjoins the active participation of coconut farmers and farmer groups in the ongoing regional and provincial consultation on the proposed nomination and selection process for the three (3) farmer representatives, one each from the three island groupings, in the PCA Board.

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The government representatives of the reconstituted board of the Philippine Coconut Authority held its first official meeting on March 15, 2021. Agriculture Secretary William Dar, the PCA Board chairperson presided over the meeting.

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Quezon City, March 3 --- The Department of Agriculture-Philippine Coconut Authority (DA-PCA) met with various coconut farmer group leaders to discuss the Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act or RA 11524, on March 3, 2021 through a virtual meeting.

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With the decades-old problems our coconut farmers, industry stakeholders, and the industry have been facing, the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Coconut Authority (DA-PCA) has embarked on a transformation journey to become a more efficient and credible organization that is responsive and proactive to the needs and issues confronting the coconut industry.

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After decades-long of waiting, last February 26 (Friday), President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the landmark Republic Act No. 11524, otherwise known as the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Trust Fund Act. This law prescribes the management and utilization of the coco levy fund, the tax exacted from farmers during the Marcos Administration from 1971 to 1983 currently deposited in the national treasury, and assets acquired through the said fund for the benefit of the coconut farmers and development of the coconut industry. With this, the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Coconut Authority (DA-PCA) braces itself to face new and enormous challenges of effectively implementing the law that aims to consolidate the benefits due to coconut farmers and sustain the development of the coconut industry.

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