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 »

Feb 01

12th Annual General Assembly

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Dec 27


The coconut tree and oil palm tree are cousins belonging to one plant family – Palmae.  The main product of both crops is vegetable oils with increasing huge global demand.   Each is a major crop of two neighboring ASEAN countries, Malaysia and the Philippines; Malaysia grows 5.5 million ha of oil palm trees occupying  66% of its agricultural land while the Philippines grows 3.56 million ha of coco trees approximately 30% of its crop lands.


Today an average coco farm of 2.5 ha in the Philippines provides a net income of less than P40,000/year; the same size of Malaysian oil palm farm provide a farmer an income of more than P380,000/year.  By the year 2020 the average income of a coco farm in the Philippines is projected to remain the same or decrease further – among the lowest farm income in the ASEAN; the Malaysian government is implementing a unique oil palm roadmap; the same farm size of Malaysian oil palm in 2020 shall provide a typical farmer an income of US$ 15,000 or P670,000/year, the highest farm income in the ASEAN.  While the Filipino coco farmers shall become poorer; the rich Malaysian oil palm farmers shall become richer.  The reason is not due to the kind of palm – both palms have hybrid varieties with potential high yields to give small farmers high income.  It is the contrasting government programs for palm farming which make the increasing farm income gap. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 27

PPDCI Congratulatory Statements to PCA:


13  December 2013, Dohera Hotel, Mandaue City

Pablito P. Pamplon, Ph.D.

Secretary and BOD, PPDCI


On behalf of the PPDCI, we offer our congratulations and commendation to PCA for launching the palm oil roadmap.  This provides many Filipinos the hope for a better future with your vision and mission to develop the oil palm industry.


This is a big day for PCA in a big hotel, Dohera Hotel, in this great historical City, Mandaue City with the launching of the document for the development of the Philippine palm oil industry from this date to the year 2020.  You provide a victory for many firstly, for PPDCI which advocated the use of the oil palm as a tool for high farm productivity and income to overcome poverty and food shortage particularly vegetable oil.  By your action, you shall give the benefits of high income of oil palm farming to the Filipino farmers rather than to the Malaysian oil palm farmers brought about by the big palm oil import of the Philippines from Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 05


  1. I.                   INTRODUCTION


When the National Statistics and Coordinating Board (NCSB) came out in May 2012 with data indicating the high incidence of poverty and unemployment in the country President Benigno C. Aquino III opened the venue for recommendation on how to overcome these problems.  Various recommendations were published in the newspapers, many dealing on how the manufacturing, industry and service sectors should help solve the problems.   The State-of-the-Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III on July 2, 2013 discussed very little on how the agriculture industry should be used as a tool of overcoming unemployment and poverty.  Hence, this recommendation.


This paper discusses the current state of the agriculture industry which cause high incidence of poverty and unemployment.  Roughly 60% of the Philippine population depends on income and employment in agriculture with generally very low productivity bringing low farmers’ income below the poverty threshold level.  The reasons for these low productivity and income are discussed.  Recommendations are made to develop a modern agriculture industry responsive to provide the need for high income and employment.  These include the utilization of the vast idle upland and the conversion of upland grown to crops with low productivity to commercial tree crops with high productivity and farmers’ income.  Moreover, an intervention is needed to overcome the decreasing productivity of the coconut trees causing the poor coconut farmers increasingly become poorer.  The major components include promoting adequate fertilization, massive production and distribution of high yielding hybrid seed nuts and intercropping of high value crops when possible.  Suggestion is made on how to best use the P70 billion unfrozen coconut levy fund.

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