Jan 10

15th Annual General Assembly

All PPDCI members and interested to become members are invited to attend the 15th Annual General Assembly on February 16, 2017 at JC Leisure and Business Place, National Highway, Purok 4, Brgy Lanao, Kidapawan City.

The general assembly starts at 8:00am and expected to end at 3:00pm.

Registration Fee – Php 500.00

Members of good standing are qualified to vote and be voted upon as Board of Trustees.

Members in good standing are those who have paid their annual membership dues.



Mar 01

President’s Annual Report: 2016 Annual Gen. Assembly

Please click this link:  PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2 for the president’s report of Engr. Alfredo P. Montecillo PPDCI.

Feb 16

Agribusiness Executive Program of UA&P

Warm Greetings!

The Center for Food and Agri Business (CFA) of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) is now accepting applicants for the Agribusiness Executives’ Program (AEP).

The AEP is an innovative learning experience that integrates classroom knowledge and theory with action learning to nurture agribusiness managers and leaders who apply practical skills and solutions to their roles in organizations. ?The content of this intensive program was designed based on a comprehensive needs analysis and developed in collaboration with agribusiness practitioners and experts.

AEP is a six-month agribusiness course which will be offered in modular form from May to October 2016 in Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City.  Classes will be once a month in three full-days, everyThursdays to Saturdays.

Attached is a copy of the brochure for your reference. Please provide us the names and complete mailing address of your candidates so we can send the application kit. Should you have further inquiries, kindly contact Ms. Florence Sevilla at florence.sevilla@uap.asia, direct line: (02) 6342819, mobile: 09189424450.

Act now and be a game-changer in your organization.  All it takes is 3-days a month!

Very truly yours,


Executive Director

Center for Food and Agri Business

Rolando T. Dy, Ph.D.

School of Management
Executive Director
Center for Food and Agri Business
University of Asia and the Pacific
Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center
Pasig City, Philippines 1605

Feb 10

14th Annual General Assembly

WHEN:  FEBRUARY 18, 2016
REGISTRATION FEE:        Php  500.00
All members, would be members and those interested in the development of Palm oil Industry are invited to the Assembly.
For details and confirmation, please get in touch with the office secretary Ms Branet  at 0929 514 5421.

Sep 10

Univanich-Presentation: Four Pillars of Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Thailand


Sep 10

Oil Palm Opportunities in ARMM

Oil Palm Opportunities in ARMMhttp://ppdci.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Sec-Presentation-on-OIL-PALM.pptx

Sep 10

Performance of Oil Palm in Various Agroclimatic

Performance of Oil Palm in Various Agroclimatichttp://ppdci.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/USM.pptx

Sep 10

LBP: Role in the Oil Plam Industry

Role in the Oil Plam Industry

Sep 10

Dami Presentation at 9th National PO Congress

Dami Presentation at 9th National PO Congress

Aug 10

Newly found cooking oil can help you keep cardio diseases at bay

Newly found cooking oil can help you keep cardio diseases at bay

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2015 10:11 AM GMT

Using palm oil and a natural herb extract, researchers have produced a cooking oil that can be used repeatedly for at least 80 times, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. The team from University of Putra, Malaysia, (UPM) found that “AFDHAL cooking oil” was scientifically defined using the main ingredients — palm oil and Rutaceae herb.

These are not only capable of reducing oil absorption in fried cooking up to 85 percent but also minimise the risks of getting cardiovascular diseases. “Extracts from Rutaceaea herb serve as a natural antioxidant that prevents cooking oil from damage. Besides, wastage can be avoided through the use of cooking oil for 80 times, without affecting one’s health,” said lead researcher Suhaila Mohamed in a university statement.

The oil product is rich in high antioxidant, has antibacterial properties and antihistamine to enhance crunchiness, taste and quality of fried foods to prevent damage to the oil whether in cooking or keeping and poses less health risks, she said.

Besides, only a small quantity of 15 ml would suffice for normal cooking, she added. The main feature of “AFDHAL” cooking oil enabled it to be accorded with patent rights from all over the world and it has been commercialised now.



Jul 22

Coconut or oil palm? We can have both

(M.A.P Insights.  Rolando T. Dy)

There is a continuing debate regarding coconut and oil palm planting in the Philippines. I refer to the conflict between supporters of the two crops, even in the halls of government. And this debate has generated half-truths and lies. Take these examples:

  • Palm oil is supplanting coconut oil in the world market… let us oppose oil palm planting.• Coconut levy funds will be used to plant oil palm.• Oil palm is an alien crop, and will affect biodiversity.• Oil palm drains the soils of nutrients in the same way as cassava.• Oil palm will destroy forests.These unnecessary debates are delaying poverty reduction and job creation.

    What are the stumbling blocks?

    First, we are not market-driven. While Indonesia is nearing 10 million hectares of planted area (which environmentalists oppose), Malaysia is nearing six million hectares, and Thailand one million. The Philippines is stuck at around 65,000 hectares.

    In 2014, of the total world export valued at $34 billion, Indonesia supplied $17 billion, Malaysia $12 billion, Thailand $200 million, and the Philippines $36 million. These did not include downstream products like oleo-chemicals and bio-diesel.

    In 2014, Malaysia exported some 500,000 tons ($420 million) of palm oil products to the Philippines. Indonesia shipped also just to the Philippines 200,000 tons ($180 million). By contrast, the Philippines exported $36 million.

    The evidence is that the Philippines has a palm oil market good for around 200,000 to 250,000 hectares to replace the imported volumes. So, why not plant and replace imports?

    Second, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) is responsible for coconut development. Palm oil was added a few years ago. So, what will happen? Indeed, the coconut lobby is a Goliath at PCA. People are hesitant to move for oil palm development.

    Third, oil palm is an alien crop. The first oil palm plantation was started in Basilan in the late 1950s, in Sultan Kudarat in 1960s, and Agusan in the 1980s. Oil palm is as alien as avocado, cacao, coffee and corn (all from Mexico?).

    Fourth, oil palm drains the soils of nutrients as it uses up to 20 bags of fertilizers. And what about sugarcane, two crops of irrigated rice, two crops a year of corn, cassava?

    Fifth, oil palm planting will destroy forests. There are few forests to destroy in this country, unlike in Indonesia. Oil palm uses upland areas which are cogon lands and planted to low-yield crops. Our forests were destroyed by irresponsible loggers andkainginerosdecades ago.

    Sixth, there is competition for land between coconut and oil palm. How can this be? There are some 3.5 million hectares of coconut lands versus 65,000 hectares of oil palm. There are millions of hectares of low — yield corn lands, upland rice areas and grasslands that can be developed for oil palm. We need evidence on how much coconut lands have been converted to oil palm!

    The choice of what to plant should be given to investors. A well-managed oil palm farm can generate about P100,000 per hectare in sales versus P30,000 per hectare for traditional coconut farm. A well-managed coconut farm with cacao or banana intercrop can match oil palm. This system, of course, demands work discipline.

    Rural poverty incidence in this country is about 40%, or nearly 20 million people out of some 50 million rural residents. Much of this poverty is due to low productivity in corn, coconut, coffee and other crops. Entrepreneurs will not invest in oil palm, unless good farm practices are applied.

    While oil palm will have above-poverty income from two hectares of family-owned farms, commercial farms will only employ one full-time worker for five hectares. Not that labor intensive, but it is job-creating for 30 years, nevertheless. With so much unemployment and underemployment in the farms, oil palm provides a stable income and jobs as harvest comes every 10 days.

    Is it wrong to put oil palm under the aegis of the PCA? If not in PCA, where? Other tree crops are less attended too — cacao, coffee, rubber. There are minimal or no tree crop experts at the Department of Agriculture and at the local government levels.

    It is time to conduct a strategic analysis of how this country can really make tree-crop development a priority just like in other ASEAN countries. Too much resources and focus on a few crops will not solve the mass rural poverty in the countryside, which is the highest in the ASEAN.

    The sound option is coconut and oil palm. They are not mutually exclusive.

    Rolando T. Dy is the Vice Chair of the M.A.P. AgriBusiness and Countryside Development Committee, and the Executive Director of the Center for Food and AgriBusiness of the University of Asia & the Pacific.


Jun 28

9th National Palm Oil Congress

Plyers inside (2)Front

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