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I'm Walter Balane. I am a journalist based in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Philippines. I initiated the group called Atong Press ( for press freedom and responsibility and media education in Bukidnon.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Updates: Goin' loco over coco

It was a revealing press conference on Wednesday at the Ugnayan sa Mandaya Hotel. At one point, you'll see many amazing coconut products put in front of you that make you think why people are still poor in coconut-growing communities? Is it because of lack of education on entreprenuerial skills? Are farmers left in the rural areas to make do with their eternal conditions as poor and "just" producers of raw materials?

The other image that emerged after talking to the Philippine Coconut Authority's officials in the Davao region is that farmers are actually leaving the coconut industry to cultivate other high-yielding crops! Read my report here for more details.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe in the creativity of the Filipinos and the resourcefulness on creating creations from the entire coconut.

However, in the ever changing world of business, one has to come up with a lot of bright ideas and the strategic way of marketing the products.

Competition is very stiff and there's no distributor from the Philippines who would be able to sell the ready made products to another country.

Perhaps the Philippine government may be able to help those who are in these kind of business. (Who am I kidding, anyway?)

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