DavOr coco industry seeking gov’t help

The provincial government of Davao Oriental is contemplating of declaring state of calamity as a result in the reduction of prices of coconut its main by-product, copra.

At the same time, the provincial government has also called on the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) to come up with more steps to ensure that prices will go back to their original levels even as it also seeks explanation from processors why they have brought down prices of whole nuts.

“We want President Rodrigo Duterte to help PCA (in providing solution to the industry) like how he helps NFA (National Food Authority in relation to the rice problem,” said Ednar Carlos G. Dayanghirang, chief of staff of Gov. Nelson L. Dayanghirang.

Dayanghirang said income of coconut farmers and farm workers have been reduced by about half compared with six months ago after prices both of copra and whole nuts went down by half.

“We already convene our departments and national agencies in Davao Oriental as per order of the governor (to craft steps to mitigate the impact of the reduction in prices),” said Dayanghirang during the weekly Wednesdays@Habi at Kape – Abreeza yesterday.

He said the provincial government needs to follow protocol to be able to use its funds for disasters in helping the industry cope with the problem.

Among the initial key steps, he added, is for government agencies to provide temporary employment to those who have been suffering as a result of the problem.

“We cannot eliminate (the problem), we need to mitigate,” he said, pointing out that about two-thirds of the economy of the province comes from the industry.

Based on a Philippine Statistics Authority report, in 2017, the provincial receipts from copra was at P1.4 billion and that it has about 103,000 people relying on the industry. (Regina Ronquillo)

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