The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has decided to extend indefinitely its March 30 deadline for the registration of farmers under the National Coconut Farmers Registry System (NCFRS) as a requirement for receiving financial assistance from the coco levy fund.
Edilberto Nicolas, provincial manager of PCA told Palawan News on Wednesday that their higher office allowed them to continue the registration of farmers for the meantime that the coco levy has not yet been released.
Only 12,000 of Palawan’s estimated 40,000 coconut farmers and workers have so far registered under the program, according to PCA records.
Nicolas said they have sought the help of the local government units to reach and inform the farmers about the project.
“Sinasabihan natin sila na kung pwede ay tulungan nila kami para mapadali ang ating ginagawang coconut farmers’ registration,” he said.