Monday, 11 March 2013

PIA News Dispatch - MOnday, March 11, 2013

President Aquino visits coco water plantation in Candelaria, Quezon

(CANDELARIA, Quezon) President Benigno S. Aquino III visited on Monday the coconut water plantation of the Peter Paul Philippine Corporation (PPPC) as part of his administration's goal to accelerate the growth of the coconut industry.

Upon his arrival at the plantation located in Barangay Pahinga Norte, the Chief Executive was welcomed by PPPC President Joey Quimson and other PPPC officials. He was accompanied by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo and Representative Irvin Alcala of the Quezon 2nd District

The President toured the coconut water plantation that provide the continuous supply of fresh premium coconuts year round. The 13-hectare property is located about 100 kilometers south of the city of Manila.

The President’s visit to the PPPC is designed to help highlight the importance of the collaboration between the government and the business sector in boosting the country's coconut production.

During his visit, the President was briefed on the PPPC's operations, and an update on the collaboration between the government, through the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Trade and Industry, and the PPPC to accelerate the growth of the coconut industry.

The PPPC, likewise, briefed the President on the various initiatives and programs aimed at improving the productivity to cope with the rising global demand for coconut products.

The President, for his part, expressed his administration's support for the integrated development of the coconut industry.

The government's efforts to promote coco water exports resulted in 823 percent increase - from 1.81 million liters worth $1.84 million in 2010 to 16.75 million liters worth $15.11 million in 2011.

It also resulted in the 39.15 percent increase in the quantity of coco coir exports from 4.43 million kilograms (net) worth $974,586 in 2010 to 6.16 million kg (net) worth $2.01 million in 2011. At present, the Philippines is one of the major exporters of coco water.

Meanwhile, coconut water exports from the Philippines posted an 81-percent increase in volume for the first semester of 2012, increasing from 5.662 million liters to 10.249 million liters for the same period in 2011.

The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) also reported $11.8 million in earnings, which is a 100.54-percent increase from the previous year’s $5.57 million. Emerging markets for coconut water consumption accounted for almost 7 percent of export volumes.

The PPPC was established in Candelaria, Quezon on June 29, 1946 - just a couple of days before the Philippines gained independence from American rule.

In 1962, majority interest in the company was sold to the Filipino group. The company has established production facilities to produce other coconut products, such as coconut milk and cream, coconut water, virgin coconut oil, coconut flour/fiber, copra, copra cake, coconut oil, paring cake, paring oil, and other residual products, thus consolidating its strengths in the creation of an integrated coconut processing plant.

Today, the PPPC operates the largest single production facility of desiccated coconut in the world, with a rated capacity of 22,000 metric tons per year.

Quimson said the PPPC remains committed to the utilization of its core competencies as a premier producer of desiccated coconut, and the enhancement of its other coconut-based products such as virgin coconut oil, coconut flour/ fiber, coconut milk and cream and other specialty products.

Peter Paul's products are seen in all major markets such as North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and maintains a substantial share in each of these markets. PND (js)

President Aquino assures that government's infrastructure projects in Quezon province are now in place

GUMACA, Quezon) President Benigno S. Aquino III assured on Monday that the government’s infrastructure projects, including the Lucena Diversion Palau-Palau Port Road, are now in place to further expand the agriculture, commerce and tourism industries in the province.

In his message during a meeting with local leaders and the community held at the Gumaca National High School Covered Court located on Bonifacio Street in Mabini here, the Chief Executive said his administration continues to invest in the much-needed initiatives and programs to boost the province's various industries.

"Nakahilera na po ang mga proyekto nating pangimprastraktura na siyang magtatahi o magpapaaliwalas sa mga industriyang pangturismo at komersyo," the President said.

"Isang halimbawa po sa mga ipinapatayo nating daan ay ang Lucena Diversion Palau-Palau Port Road, sa byaheng Dalahican mula at patungong Pagbilao, Palau-Palau Port 7,000 motorista po ang makikinabang dahil magiging 20 minuto nalang ang dating 45 minutong travel time," he stressed.

The government started working on the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Extension project to reduce the travel time in Southern Luzon, Aquino stressed.

"Ngayon palang din po nakalatag na ang ating pangmatagalang plano sa pagpapabilis ng transportasyon dito sa Quezon patungo sa ibang karatig na lalawigan," he said.

"Sa pamamagitan ng SLEX Extension na magkokonekta sa inyong probinsya at sa Laguna, kasama na po ang Maharlika Highway, oras na makumpleto po ito ang byaheng Sto. Batangas at Lucena Quezon na ngayon ay inaabot ng apat na oras ay itinatayang magiging isang oras na lang," he said.

Anchored on the principle of "Tuwid na Daan," the President noted that his government was able to build on the gains of the anti-corruption campaign and reduce poverty. He noted that the various government programs to boost the agriculture industry resulted in the creation of jobs for the people.

"Ang mabibiyayaan po ng mga proyektong ito mahigit 1,100 lupain para sa mga magsasaka natin sa mga munisipalidad niyo rito sa Quezon. Sa huli po nakatuon ang mga inisyatiba natin sa halaga at pakinabang ng mga ito, kay Juan at Juana dela Cruz," he said.

He said the government started implementing programs to boost the coconut industry, including the coco water trade.

He reaffirmed his administration's commitment to effectively provide the people of various social services such as health, education among others.

"Nariyan din po ang ating mga serbisyong panlipunan upang masuportahan ang kalusugan ng ating mga kababayan. Sa katunayan, ang mga benepisyaryong kabahayan pong kabilang sa ating Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program sa buong bansa mula nitong katapusan ng Pebrero ay umabot na sa mahigit 3.8 million households ang bilang. Mahigit 91, 302 rito sa bilang na ito ang mga pamilyang mula sa Quezon," he said.

With its beautiful beaches and hospitable locals, Gumaca is expected to attract more tourists.

The President also called on the people of the province to rise to the challenge of revitalization. He underscored the importance of the collaboration between the public and private sectors towards a productive and self-sufficient nation. PND (js)