Date of occurrence: Urduja -- December 14, 2017 and Vinta -- December 22, 2017
Tropical storm Urduja inflicted damages to coconut when it barreled through Regions IV-A, VI, VIII and XIII. It made landfall six (6) times before exiting PAR. Damage to coconuts ranges from Moderate to Total in some areas. A total of 965,026 bearing coconut trees involving some 9,650 hectares and affecting about 9,600 coconut farmers have been damaged, majority of which are in Region VIII, particularly Northern Samar. Biliran and Leyte Provinces. The total estimated cost of damage to coconut is estimated at Php 36,125,559.00, more or less.
Davao City — Newly appointed Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) administrator Romulo J. dela Rosa clarified that his agency has already made a full accounting of the P2.45 billion under the Yolanda Recovery and Rehabilitation Program (YRRP), after the Commission on Audit (COA) called out the agency for failing to properly account for the rehabilitation funds.
In coordination with the Local Government Units (LGUs) and coconut farmers, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) intensifies its continuing campaign to contain the coconut scale insect (CSI), also widely known as “cocolisap”, plaguing the Zamboanga Peninsula.