Jun 28

9th National Palm Oil Congress

Plyers inside (2)Front

Jun 10

Oil palm is an environment-friendly oil crop

Mindanao Daily Mirror

Figuratively Speaking

by Peter Lavina

Oil palm is an environment-friendly oil crop

Last week, the harvest of oil palm fresh fruit bunch (FFB) at our Farm No. 1 in Rosario, Agusan del Sur was 8,370 kilos or more than 8 tons. If processed, this would yield about 1.6 tons of crude palm oil (CPO) at the industry average of 20% oil yield from the oil palm FFB.

CPO is the raw material to make cooking oil, lard or margarine and other products. It is widely used in many food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

Although I am now officially on-leave from our oil palm company to volunteer fulltime to help Mayor Rody Duterte promote Federalism, I still receive all these reports from our field technicians in the several small farms where we planted oil palm in Agusan del Sur. Our Farm No. 1 is a cluster of farm lots totaling 36.8 hectares which we developed from June-August 2012 or nearly 3 years ago. It was idle for about 15 years after its old owners stop tending to it as a rubber farm.

We also manage small farms nearby, one involved 3 lots with an area of 8.1 hectares, another with 7 lots consisting of 13.2 hectares. With our good agricultural practices (GAP), we have been successful in cultivating oil palm, experimenting with different oil palm varieties and taking advantage of the good rainfall in Agusan del Sur.

According to our Farm Manager in Rosario, Albert Gilbero, our next harvest would be on June 15. I am happy that in these initial farms we are now achieving the industry standard of harvesting FFBs at least two times a month. We cannot expand though because of the problem of supply of oil palm planting materials, which are all imported.

Our FFBs are delivered to the nearby Filipinas Palm Oil milling facilities for processing. The FFBs need to be processed immediately or at least within 24-48 hours to avoid oil shrinkage and increase in the fatty acid content of the oil.

The prices on FFB and CPO are based on the prevailing market price quoted in the world’s leading palm oil trading system in Kuala Lumpur. Depending on its oil content, the price of FFBs range from near P4 per kilo to P7 per kilo.

Oil palm is the world’s leading and most efficient agricultural oil crop. It occupies the least land compared with soya, corn, sunflower, rapeseed, coconut, etc. and yet yields the largest vegetable oil. Oil palm needs only 1 hectare to produce the same amount of oil with 10-11 hectares of soya, or 4-5 hectares of coconut. In the Philippines there is over 3 million hectares planted to coconut and only about 72,000 hectares to oil palm. Globally, soy bean plantations occupy 2.14 % of the total developed agricultural lands, oil palm only 0.23%.

Our neighbors Malaysia and Indonesia have repeatedly acknowledged how their oil palm planting strategy helped them licked poverty and raised the living standards of their people. You can name any of the top corporations in these two countries and almost all of them are involved in the palm oil industry or struck gold in this golden crop. The trouble with our government is not copying this successful program. We instead copied the World Bank model of conditional cash transfer (CCT), a dole out system that has caused us hundreds of billions of Pesos and yet poverty in our country remains the same or has even worsened. Sucks!

Oil palm originated as forest trees in western Africa. It’s trees, towering as tall as coconuts, make a canopy comparable to rainforests which produces more oxygen and absorbs more carbon dioxide compared with soybeans, sunflower and corn, for example, which are all perennial crops and no taller than a man.

I was once stung by a bee in our farm. Every time I visit there I always see plenty of different bird species flying around palm oil trees. There was also a time I was like a kid trying to run after a dragon fly. You know what these all mean? Our oil palm farms have no toxic chemicals or pesticides where bees, birds, dragonflies, butterflies freely abound.

Oil palm, therefore, is the best agricultural crop that is environment-friendly. It uses less land yet produces more oil, and it’s trees, planted in small farms or cluster of farms or in Malaysia or Indonesia or other countries in plantations, provide a forest-cover like canopy that fights climate change.

But how come it is being vilified by environmentalists? Well look who is funding these so-called western environmentalist NGOs. They are lobby money groups from the soya, sunflower and corn industries of Europe and the Americas. These western countries have raped far more forests, destroyed far more animal habitat, emit far more greenhouse gases and yet attack Asians who are planting oil palm.These same western environmental NGOs slandered the coconut industry during the 1980s as cancer-causing vegetable oil.

Even more disgusting perhaps is that there are Filipinos who are poisoned and believed the toxic crap that these western environmental NGOs peddle.

He he he go figure!

Incidentally, those interested in the oil palm industry may join us at the next National Palm Oil Congress and Exhibits at the KCC Mall in General Santos City on August 19-21.

And please tune in from 5-6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays at 105.9 Balita FM where every now and then we can discuss this and other issues concerning the palm oil industry.

Mar 05


bv01176Insights for the Philippines:


 Pablito P. Pamplona, Ph.D.



 While attending the Indonesian Palm Oil Association Conference in Bandung, Java, Indonesia in November 26 to 28, 2014, I came across many publications and made discussions with industry leaders on valuable insights of the new paradigm or scheme being implemented in Indonesia.  This scheme empowers the smallholders with an average farm of two ha to apply appropriate production practices base on sound scientific principles for high and sustainable yield.  What is revealing with this new scheme is that it has evolved from an old scheme which is still being used in the Philippines today.  The finding on the new Indonesian innovations is significant considering that the Philippine palm oil industry is at the crossroad toward success or failure in helping the small landholders.

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Mar 05

PPDCI BOD and Officers (2015)

                                                    PHILIPPINE PALMOIL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, INC.
                                                                   TACURONG CITY, SULTAN KUDARAT
                                                                                                 CY 2015


President:Mr. Alfredo E. Montecillo
Vice – President:Mr. Erwin Anthony Y. Garcia
Secretary:Dr. Pablito P. Pamplona, PhD
Treasurer:Ms. Renfreda B. Embalzado
Bus.Manager:Mr. Jerry John M. Taray
P.R.O:Mr. Robertino E. Pizarro

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Feb 10

Financial Statement and Minutes of the 12th Annual General Assembly

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Jan 21

13th Annual General Assembly

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Aug 26


Paper prepared by Pablito p. Pamplona, Ph.D. and April Grace D. Pamplona for presentation during the Malaysian Palm Oil Council Forum on Malaysian Palm Oil in Cebu City, 27 August 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 26


Paper prepared by Pablito p. Pamplona, Ph.D. and April Grace D. Pamplona for presentation during the PPDCI and Province of Sarangani Business Forum, General Santos City, 28 August 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 09

Palm Oil Investment Forum

Greetings from the Oil Palm Industry!The  Philippine  Palm  Oil  Development  Council  Inc.,  co  –  sponsored  by  the  Provincial Government of Sarangani shall be holding the Palm Oil Investment Forum in Phela GrandeHotel, Magsaysay Ave., General Santos City on August 28, 2014  The program will start atexactly 8:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm.  We are expecting more or less 100 participants to attendthe occasion.

This investment forum is made more unique because, of the discussion on the techniques beingused in the Oil Palm farming.  Hopefully, tthis meeting will provide insights on the role of variousstakeholders, Non-Government Organization (NGOs) and Government Agencies which includeLocal Government Units (LGUs) on how to use OPF as an effective tool in helping to overcomerural poverty in the Philippines.

For confirmation and details, please email us at  ppdci@yahoo.com.ph or contact the PPDCIOffice Secretary Ms. Branette Dayag at telefax 0642006542 or CP 09295145421.

See you there!

Jun 08

Paje bats for oil palm plantations on idle land: By Bobby Lagsa, Inquirer Mindanao



Paje bats for oil palm plantations on idle land

By Bobby Lagsa
Inquirer Mindanao

5:51 pm | Thursday, May 22nd 2014


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines—Environment Secretary Ramon Paje proposed the conversion of some eight million hectares of idle, denuded and unproductive lands across the country into oil palm plantations.

Paje, who attended the launching of the Mindanao Barangay  (village) StraTreegic Forest Project here, said the country was losing P800 billion each year in production opportunities from land left idle.

Paje said the prospects of generating more cash out of  idle land could be gleaned from the experience of Indonesia, which he said makes up to $50 billion a year although  it has only six million hectares planted to oil palm.

“That is almost the same as our national budget,” Paje said.

Paje said that if plans push through, the country could be earning more than Indonesia does from oil palm plantations.

But Paje’s proposal was met with cold shoulders here.

For Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Region 10 director and environmentalist Orlando Ravanera, food security and ecological integrity should be the government’s focus. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 06


SUMMARY:  In a study on how oil palm farming affects farmers, the author came with this interesting discovery.  A poor Muslim farmer struggling to provide his big family three meals a day, Mr. Jose Sagadan of Dunguan, Mlang, North Cotabato planted eight hectares of oil palm on plant-now-pay-later (PNPL).  He earned high income which enabled him to buy enough nutritious food for his family, support the college education of his five children who finished degrees in Law, Accounting, Social Services, Physical Therapy and Pharmacy.  His income from oil palm enabled him to renovate an old wooden house, buy a brand new pick-up vehicle and expand the oil palm farm.  He also created employment and livelihood opportunities to his barangay-mates.  Many of his neighbors followed his footsteps leading to the transformation of a community composed of 100% Muslim which was a part of Liguasan Marsh brushland, from economically depressed and rebel hideout into a progressive and peaceful community. The success of Mr. Sagadan is now being duplicated in some municipalities of Cotabato like Alamada, Tulunan, Antipas, Arakan, etc. who planted oil palm on PNPL.  These farmers confirm the transferability of the strategy used by the government of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand in overcoming poverty using oil palm farming in the Philippine setting.


Mr. Sagadan and company shows that overcoming rural poverty is not an elusive dream for the Philippines.  Government interventions are necessary.  The two major interventions – providing the farmers with quality planting materials through the plant-now-pay-later (PNPL) and providing adequate extension services to capacitate the farmers to use good agricultural practices (GAP) for sustainable high yield and income.  It is recommended that these interventions be piloted on a wider scale in the province of North Cotabato as a step towards national adoption of a strategy to overcome poverty, produce prosperous and peaceful communities, and help overcome the huge vegetable oil shortage of the country.  Such will meet the objectives of PCA in its roadmap to plant 350,000 ha of oil palm from 2014 to 2023 to overcome the increasing huge shortage on vegetable oil in the country.( To read more, please click the link below.)


May 21

PALM OIL PLANT PUSHED: Mayor Rody to ask NPA to give way to project in Paquibato Monday, 05 May 2014 21:28

PALM OIL PLANT PUSHED: Mayor Rody to ask NPA to give way to project in Paquibato

Monday, 05 May 2014 21:28


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte will ask the New People’s Army (NPA) to make way for the proposed establishment of a palm oil plantation in Paquibato district which he considers beneficial to the local residents, including rebels. Duterte earlier bared that a Malaysian firm expressed interest to pour in investments for palm oil production. The investment could amount to staggering capital and should be a  possible catalyst for economic activity in the rebel-infested area.

“Makigstorya kong Parago (Leoncio Pitao), ingnon nako na kamo mga taga Paquibato bah magstorya ta pasudlon nato ni – undang una sila’g  giyera, ilubong nila ilang armas, ihatag nako sa ila,” Duterte said, referring to the commander of the NPA operating in the area. Read the rest of this entry »

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