Coco levy fund:
cash distribution thru social benefits!
January 26, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY –
Small coconut farmers in Eastern Visayas demand cash distribution thru
social benefits of coconut levy fund worth P56.5 billion which
remitted to the National Treasury last September 12, 2012.
“We are opposing the roadmap
design by NAPC (National Anti-Poverty Commission) wherein P11 billion
of coco levy fund plan to utilize for 4 programs which indentified –
CARPER, 4Ps, LTI (land tenure improvement) because this programs has
regular government allocations,” says Nestor Lebico, Secretary-General
of Samahan han Gudti nga Parag-uma ha Sinirangan Bisayas (SAGUPA-SB).
In pursuing utilizing the
coco levy fund, small coco farmers in Eastern Visayas is supporting
three (3) House Bills filed in Congress by Anakpawis Partylist related
to coco levy fund and coco levy industry. These are House Bill Nos.
3443, 0469 and 5070. A bill is also pending at the Senate. All these
house bills seek the establishment of a body that will be dominated by
small coco farmer representatives specifically the Coconut Levy Funds
Administration and Management Act.
“We call for financing of
coconut industry development projects from initiatives of small coco
farmers and their organizations/cooperatives, programs that would
provide loan facilities, industry research and development programs,
construction and development of post-harvest facilities, inventions
and innovations of machineries and equipment for the development of
high-quality coconut and improvement of coconut production, livelihood
program meant to provide additional incomes, institution-building
programs and skills training,” added Lebico.
“Coco Levy fund Ibalik sa
Amin,” ends Lebico.