This year's recipient of GawadSaka Award, for the most Outstanding Coconut Farmer of 2015 is Mr. Edgar G. Buhian, 52-year-old from Poblacion, Initao, Misamis Oriental, Region X. Mr. Buhian is a Geodetic Engineer by profession. He gained considerable knowledge and skills in coconut farming with his almost 8 years of involvement in the coconut industry as farmer, leader and entrepreneur.
Designed to promote community-based coconut enterprises for a sustainable coconut industry and inclusive growth, the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (OPAFSAM) under the leadershipof Secretary Francis N. Pangilinanand the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) spearheaded the "National InvestmentSummit for Coconut-based Farm Enterprises" on February 26, 2015 at the SGV Conference Hall, Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Conference Center Manila in Makati City.
With the theme "Establishing Community Enterprises Towards a Sustainable Coconut Industry", the 3rd National Coconut Farmers Conference was held on February 26 (Wednesday) at the Conference Hall of the National Irrigation Administration, NIA Road, EDSA in Quezon City. The conference was organized by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (OPAFSAM), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and the Coconut Industry Reform Movement, Inc. (COIR).
The coconut scale insect (CSI a.k.a. cocolisap) outbreak in Calabarzon that has affected more than 2.6 million nut-bearing coconut trees in August last year is downed to a manageable level, OPAFSAM Secretary Francis 'Kiko' Pangilinan and PCA Administrator Romulo N. Arancon, Jr., announced in a press conference held at the PCA Auditorium on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.