3rd Regional Coconut
Summit unfolds Sept 2 at Hotel Alejandro
By CHITO DELA TORRE
TACLOBAN CITY –
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala will keynote the September
2-3 third Regional Coconut Summit at Hotel Alejandro here which will
dwell on the them “enhanced technologies: a key to sustain the coconut
industry in Eastern Visayas”.
Sec. Alcala, who will
be introduced by Department of Agriculture regional director Leo P.
Cañeda, is expected to convey to summit participants and local coco
industry players the priority programs of his department alongside
those of President Benigno Aquino III’s administration.
Executive manager Mae
Ann D. Reyes of the Department of Science and Technology will manage
the open forum which will follow after the DA secretary’s speech that
will set the tone of the two-day summit.
In opening the program
for Sept. 2, An Waray Party-List representative Florencio “Bem” G.
Noel will welcome the guests and participants. After his part, summit
director Joel O. Pilapil will give the rationale and introduce the
Leyte governor Jericho
L. Petilla will next give a message. Next, Philippine Coconut
Authority administrator Oscar G. Garin will present and discuss the
national coconut industry roadmap. This will be followed by the
presentation of the
regional coconut industry development plan by Edilberto A. Hinay, ROCS
chairman. Towards noontime, Dr. Severino S. Magat, PCA’s department
manager for ARMD, will discuss production and sustainable coconut
farming ecosystem in climate-change minimization.
By afternoon, there
will be plenary presentations. In the area of production, the
integrated coco-based farming comes to the forefront as the first
subject matter. Leonito B. Uy, project manager of PASFCO at Palo,
Leyte, will present the “PPP: Baybay Tall Nursery”.
Manny A. Licup, chief
operations officer of SC Global Coco Products Inc. which is based in
Baybay, Leyte, will come in next with his presentation on “Production
Marketing Links”, to be followed by Luis Caro Jr., chairman of the
Uson SCFMPC in barrio Uson, Caibiran, Biliran.
The last presentation
for the day concerns extension which will bring to focus the Farmers
Field School, to be rendered by Ed Done, EVPRD (Catarman, Northern
Samar) executive director.
Rep. Noel and fellow
An Waray Party-List Neil Benedict A. Montejo will unveil the Northern
Samar Stakeholders’ Coco House by seven o’clock in the evening. The
first day’s schedule winds up with a dinner and fellowship.
On the last day (Sept.
3), DOST Sec. Mario G. Montejo will give a message. He will be
introduced by professor Viola C. Siozon of the University of the
Philippines in the Visayas Tacloban College.
From 9 to 10 o’clock
in the morning, there will demonstrations on technological processes,
to wit: coconut sap sugar production – by Erlene Manohar, division
chief of PCA’s MEDD, and coco-based food processing – by the ITDI of
DOST, both on the food processing aspect. Meanwhile, the non-food
demonstration will be as follows: coco ethanol – by EVPRD’s Engr.
Jaime Gilbuela, integrated coconut processing – by Allan Ambil of Agri-Fuel
Inc. which operates in
Eastern Samar, and Palwood: wood from coconut fronds – by Engr. Noel
B. Beira of PTS (Cagayan de Oro City).
focusing on these topics, will follow.
Next on the schedule
is a presentation on simple ways or methods of containing brontispa,
to be handled by Mateo Zipagan of ARC (Albay). Cherlita B. Giray, ROCS
secretary, will next take up the topic “sustaining the summit gains on
regional industry unity: strengthening the regional organization of
coconut stakeholders (ROCS). Raul T. Repulda, chief of the
PMD of DA RFU 8 will give a synthesis of the summit before it closes towards
lunch time. Rep. Montejo will officially close the major event.