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Philippines : 50K coco seedlings planted on Arbor Day.

More than 50,000 coconut seedlings were planted in one day in Capiz. Acting senior agriculturist Andy Laurilla of the Philippine Coconut Authority-Capiz said a total of 50,048 coconut seedlings were planted during the One Million Trees in One Day Challenge in Capiz, June 25.

These coconut seedlings were planted both in the public and privately owned lands, Laurilla said.

PCA Capiz manager Noel Alvarez said they are encouraging the public to plant coconut seedlings because coconut industry supports the countrys economy.

At present, PCA has the Participatory Coconut Planting Project where coconut planters are given a total of P40 per seedling, of which P18 during the seedling stage and another P22 per seedling six months from planting.

Alvarez said that per their 2018 inventory, the bearing coconut trees in the province reached 1.9 million while the non-bearing coco trees account to 900,000.

There are also more than 55,000 registered coconut farmers in Capiz.

The total planted coconut seedling last year also reached 160,000, he said, adding that almost 1.5 million coco trees were replanted here in the last five years.

Meanwhile, Laurilla reminds those who wish to cut coconut trees even in their private land to first secure the necessary permit to cut to avoid penalties under Republic Act 8048 or the Coconut Preservation Act of 1995 as amended.

Under the law, for each coconut tree that is cut, one is required to plant five coconut seedlings as replacement, he said.

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