PCA to Put Up Regional Office in PangasinanThursday, August 27, 2020
The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) is set to open a regional office in Pangasinan that will cover the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and Regions 1 (Ilocos), 2 (Cagayan Valley) and 3 (Central Luzon). “With the establishment of the regional office here, we would be able to focus on the coconut industry in the province. The supply of coconut planting material will no longer be a problem. We will boost the income of coconut farmers,” PCA Ilocos regional head Dennis Andres said in his speech during the National Coconut Month celebration program.
Andres said PCA’s mission in Regions 1, 2, 3, and CAR is to promote the planting of coconuts and advance it as an important economic and valuable industry, which will address food security. In Pangasinan, the main sources of coconut are the towns of Bolinao and Anda. The supply is, however, low and could only meet a fraction of the demand. A big chunk of coconut supply in the province comes from Quezon province and as far as Bicol region.
“Together with the provincial government of Pangasinan and other local government units, we will prepare a comprehensive plan for the development of the coconut industry in the province,” Andres said.