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.
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'.