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Duterte’s first order to CabSec Nograles: Get coco levy fund bill passed

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President Duterte is pushing for the passage of a bill creating a coco levy trust fund to benefit concerned farmers.

The President has assigned new Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles to work on the passage of the bill during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said.

“President Rody Duterte tonight tasked newly-appointed Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles to work on the early passage of the legislation that would allow government to use the Coco Levy Fund for the benefit of Coconut Industry stakeholders,” Piñol wrote on Facebook book November 6.

“The President issued the directive after I took up the issue of very low prices of copra and the hardships suffered by the country’s 4-million coconut farmers during the Cabinet Meeting today,” he said.

He said the government could impleent the national replanting program which would purchase farmers’ seed nuts at P40 each.

The program could also result in jobs for coconut farm workers who could be involved in the nursery preparation and planting, he said.

“I also informed the President that the Department of Agriculture (DA) has initiated the crafting of a Coconut Industry Road Map which would identify other high-value products from coconut which could be developed using the Coco Levy,” he said.