Friday, September 26, 2008

Coconuts or niyog, gata, tuba, ni, waini, iou, jekaro, jekami

Buko Pie

Coconut Shrimp

Coconut Virgin Oil with Popcorn

Source of coconut virgin oil:

Coconut Sport(Macapuno)

Macapuno and Buko Ice Cream

Buko-Pandan Cookies

Guinataan or Coconut Milk with meat and/or vegetables and/or fruits

Coconut Recipes

Coconut Wine

Coco Biodiesel

PGMA on Poverty and Hunger

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Statement during the High-Level
Event on the Millennium Goals: Roundtable on Poverty and Hunger
Conference Room 4, U.N. Headquarters
New York, USA
September 25, 2008

SeƱor Presidente, muchas gracias.
The Philippines like much of the world pursues the universal dream of
a better life for themselves and their children.

Our pro-poor economic agenda has been at the center of our poverty
alleviation efforts. Early on, we incorporated our commitments under
the MDG in our administration's Medium-Term Development Plan, thus, we
committed ourselves to allocating the resources needed efficiently and
effectively to all those areas.

As a result, we have already made solid gains midway to 2015. At our
rates of decline in extreme poverty and malnutrition, the 2015 MDG
targets are expected to be met in our country. Yet, almost overnight,
the significant gains we have made to alleviate hunger and poverty are
under assault. The surge in the global prices of food and fuel have
started to overwhelm the poorest among us. Against the backdrop of
this turmoil, however, we still remain optimistic that the structural
reforms we have made at home will allow us to overcome the external
shocks from abroad.

The Philippines will emerge from this challenge because we have
pursued a deliberate strategy for greater national self-reliance. This
includes diversifying our export markets so that today, China
including Hong Kong, has eclipsed the United States as our largest
trading partner.

It also includes greater use of geothermal biofuels and other
renewables so that in our administration we have increased our energy
independence by 17 percent. It includes investing heavily in our own
people to stimulate greater domestic demand.
We have been working tirelessly to address challenges arising from the
slowdown in the global economy combined with high oil and food prices.
For now, we have succeeded in ensuring that our country's food
supplies remain stable. But I am not here to pull myself or anyone
else. I'm a realist and we cannot do it alone. We need the help of
developed countries more than ever.
We call on donor nations to help developing nations meet their MDGs on
In this regard, notamus con gratitud.... (in Spanish) ...
A strong U.N. as never before, we need rigorous international
cooperation and intervention as never before.
We urge all countries to help in implementing the Comprehensive
Framework of Action launched by the U.N. High-Level Taskforce on the
Global Food Crisis. This framework involves the U.N. donor countries,
civil society and the private sector in seeking food security through
the right combination of policies, technologies and investments.
We are all in this boat together -- rich and poor, developed and
developing. Lives are deeply affected in Europe and North America by
the economic turmoil too. No one is immune. But today, I'm speaking in
behalf of 85 million Filipinos and perhaps millions of our brothers
and sisters from around the world who have been pushed closer to the edge.
My friends, it is essential that we live here this week firmly resolve
to take action to stop the backsliding on poverty and hunger facing
much of the world.
We must always remember to put a face on poverty and a face on the
poor. Their toll is our toll but notwithstanding the strong ____ of
the global economy, we can make progress against hunger and poverty if
we all stay together and help one another.
Thank you. (Applause)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


General Santos City -- The local tuna industry should take advantage
of opportunities in aquaculture production in the face of dwindling
tuna stocks across the world's primary fishing grounds.

At the 10th National Tuna Congress held here earlier this month,
aquaculture experts encouraged more tuna industry stakeholders to
diversify into aquaculture as a way of adapting to the decline in
global tuna catches amid high fuel costs and increasing international
competition. Aquaculture production in the country has significantly
expanded over the years, with the industry now valued at $750
million,said Ramon Macaraig, president of the Chamber of Aquaculture
and Ancillary Industries in Sarangani (CHAINS).

With the stricter enforcement of tuna management conservation measures
resulting in lower catch levels worldwide, increasing domestic
aquaculture production can fill in the current supply gap in local and
foreign markets and ensure the country's food security.

"Aquaculture production in Mindanao offers opportunities for growth,
with a variety of species available," Macaraig said, adding that
diversification into aquaculture can supplement the incomes of those
who at present depend exclusively on the tuna catch.

While it is not yet economically feasible to farm yellowfin tuna and
other commercial tuna species, there are high-value marine species
with good potential in both domestic and Asia-Pacific markets,
including grouper, pompano, mangrove snapper and Asian sea bass.

China is still the main export market for high-value seafood such as
live grouper, snapper, abalone and sea cucumber. Frozen tilapia,
catfish and pompano are selling well in the U.S., while Japan is a
major market for shrimps and crustaceans.

The sustainability of aquaculture operations depends on the feeding
systems used, the acceptability of products in local and foreign
markets, and choice of location for operations, Macaraig said.

Gil Adora, assistant director of the Department of Agriculture's
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), said that the
investment potential of aquaculture has led to the development of
"mariculture parks" in the Philippines.

"These promote the expansion of fish production and help provide a
livelihood for fishermen, [and can accelerate] socio-economic growth
in underdeveloped areas," Adora said.

A typical mariculture park covers a sea area of 500 hectares or more,
and is equipped with a communal storm-resistant mooring system and
boundary markers. It includes individual "farm plots" for fish cage
operations, seaweed farming and other aquaculture activities.

Mindanao is an ideal location for mariculture activities due to its
large production areas, year-round fish production, water quality and
skilled manpower, Adora said

Adora and Macaraig both noted the efforts of USAIDs' Growth with
Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program to ensure the sustainability of
Mindanao's small-scale aquaculture producers by providing them with
aquaculture training and linking them with potential buyers and new

Over the last decade, the GEM Program has also assisted the
SOCSKSARGEN Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries, Inc., in
introducing best production practices among its members-purse seine
and handline fishing groups, canners, processors, traders and
aquaculture producers-to help strengthen the local tuna industry's
global competitiveness and ensure its sustainability. (GEM-PIA XI)