LUCENA CITY - The Philippine Coconut Authority Administrator Billy Andal said in his press conference here on Monday December 5, that nationwide ban on cutting of coconut trees would be considered by the government to curb illegal coco logging and start rehabilitation of the coconut industry.

PCA Admin Billy Andal, who recently assumed office, said that the ban when imposed will be effective in a short period of time and when permit issuance will be resumed once they finally addressed the problem with a monitoring and control system.

During his visit at the Philippine Coconut Authority Region 4A Regional Office, Andal said that the agency’s decision whether to implement a moratorium or not will be announced on Tuesday next week as it is still being studied by the Administration Office but hinted that there is a bigger probability that the ban will be imposed.

Andal told that there is irregularity in the execution and releasing the permits issued by the PCA and it clearly appears that there have been conspiracy and corruption between coco loggers and some corrupt PCA personnel in the field.

Under Republic Act No. 10593 “SEC. 5. No coconut tree or trees shall be cut unless a permit therefore, upon due application being made, has been issued by the PCA pursuant to Section 6 of this Act.

Some police checkpoints, according to PCA chief, have actually and practically become “cash points” where grease money changed hands, because some coconut loggers bribe policemen at roadblocks for lacking necessary shipping permits. 

Before his appointment as the new chief of Philippine Coconut Authority, Andal served as a member of the Board of Directors of Quezon Metropolitan Water Districts (QMWD) who exposed irregularities and corruption in the agency and attempted to get rid off him.

He also served as Quezon provincial board member in the 1990s./PCA



December 7, 2016