MANILA-Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Administrator Avelino “Billy” Andal declares an all-out war against coconut scale insect (CSI) infestation or cocolisap, in the entire country especially in Basilan.
The declaration was made in light of the massive infestation of cocolisap in Basilan province and some other parts of the country.
Prior to the declaration, Andal personally visited and inspected the affected coconut farmlands. The declaration was also made as a consequence of infestation reported in provinces such as Quezon, Albay and CARAGA region among others.
“The declaration is an important step to immediately arrest the infestation by involving and mobilizing the resources of the PCA and other government units as well as the other stakeholders in the coconut industry and the treatment shall be organic and non-organic substances,” said Administrator Andal.
There are about 30,000 coconut farmers and 3 million coconut trees who were affected by CSI. Out of these 3 million, the PCA has already treated 2 million.
“Before I took office as the Administrator, PCA is already implementing a science-based protocol for cocolisap which is the Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This protocol was approved by the Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development, University of the Philippines- Los Banos and the PCA Governing Board. My role now is to monitor and see if it is being fully-implemented,” explained Andal.
Since 2014, the government has already released a total of P300 million budget to eradicate cocolisap in Basilan. The said budget is used for purchasing chemicals, putting up laboratories for the biocontrol agents control production and for the replacement income since the coconut farmers were the ones tapped for the rehabilitation process.
“Our main target is to address the CSI by the end of 2016. We also intend to pour in all the available scadolize materials, equipment and funds available at our disposal and request for more in the Office of the President if necessary,” said Andal.
PCA CORPORATE COMMUNICATION
December 9, 2016