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PCA’s 48th Anniversary (June 30, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 30 June 2021

Four months after the signing of the Republic Act No. 11524 or the “Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act,” the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) presented the first-ever Coconut Farmers’ and Industry Roadmap (COCO-FIRM) during PCA’s 48th Anniversary Celebration on June 30, 2021.

In his key message, Sec. Dar commended the efforts of the PCA in complying with the requirements of the Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act (CFITFA) such as ensuring that coconut farmers will register under the National Coconut Farmers Registry System (NCFRS). The agency also spearheaded the nomination and selection of farmer representatives to the PCA Board.

“The new law requires one farmer representative from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Timelines are generally outlined so that before we move forward, we need to comply with these preliminaries,” Sec. Dar said.

The agri chief added that with the positive performance of the sector, it is apparent that the coconut industry is “climbing back up the ladder”.

“I commend all of you for your efforts in developing capabilities in production and processing even in times of difficulty,” he said.

Under the RA 11524, P75 billion will be allocated to CFITFA for the next five years. COCO-FIRM will also receive P5 million allocation.

“This act will pave the way to modernize and industrialize the Philippine coconut sector. Further, it will transform the lives of the coconut farmers in the country by turning low productivity into higher gains, bringing prosperity to farmers,” Sec. Dar said. (Photo by Adones Buhayan, DA-AFID)