Secretary Francis N. Pangilinan of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (OPAFSAM) projected a big leap in the country's market demand for coconut geotextiles or coconets and other coco coir based projects after the OPAFSAM, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to expand the use of bio-engineering in the construction of roads, highways and irrigation systems.
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To provide the administrative guidelines 'for the inventory and privatization of coco levy assets', President Benigno Aquino signed Executive Order (EO) No. 179 on Wednesday, March 18. On the same day, he also signed EO No. 180 that sets the administrative guidelines 'for the reconveyance and utilization of coco levy assets for the benefit of the coconut farmers and the development of the coconut industry, and for other purposes'.
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The core program is tagged as Yolanda Recovery and Rehabilitation Program (YRRP) which is composed of four (4) major components such as (1) Debris Management (which includes timber disposal and utilization); (2) Replanting;(3) Fertilization and (4) Intercropping.
YRRP is being implemented in provinces affected by the typhoon Yolanda in Region 6 (Western Visayas), Region 7 (Central Visayas) and Region 8 (Eastern Visayas).
This involves proper disposal of felled coconut trees to clear public and private lands of the debris that poses hazard to the environment and health. This project also aims to prevent the occurrence of pest infestation, support organic fertilization and shelter development program of the government thru:
- deployment of chainsaws and saw mills
- cash-for-Work (CFW) program for hired chainsaw operators
- Biological Control Program for the potential occurrence of rhinoceros beetle. This involves mass production of Green Muscardine Fungus (GMF).
It is the replacement of totally damaged coconut trees thru replanting using OPV tall variety. It shall implement a new planting scheme − by group of 3's in triangular pattern particularly in upland and coastal areas.
The project involves a grant-in-kind of 192 trees per hectare (in coastal and upland areas) or 100 trees per hectare (inland) area plus Php 3,000 subsidy for labor.
Provision of grant-in-kind fertilizers to affected coconut farming families such as:
- a compact N+K fertilizer of 10 pieces per coconut tree or 10 boxes per hectare with 100 coconut trees planted; or
- Coco-Gro at 3 kg. per tree or 6 bags/hectare; or
- other suitable fertilizers recommended, e.g. organic fertilizers, etc.
This is intended for slightly or moderately affected trees to hasten its recovery. The project involves grant of Php 3,000 labor subsidy per hectare.
Intercropping involves planting of leguminous crops, e.g. Mungbean and peanut to increase soil fertility; and also corn, vegetable, root crops, banana, coffee, and cacao among others. This is to augment their income, enhance food supply and mitigate hunger and malnutrition.
A grant-in-kind assistance in the form of planting materials and fertilizers shall be provided to affected farmer families.
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