The West Visayas State University’s (WVSU) proposal to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) KR2 Program grant assistance for the Tubungan Coco Fiber Project was approved in the amount of Php 999,000.00.
The KR2 Program is a Japanese Government grant that provides assistance to agricultural projects of underprivileged farmers for the purpose of increasing food production in consonance with the governments’ program on poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability for a healthy and progressive community.
The said project is a collaborative partnership of the Local Government Unit of Tubungan, the Federation of Small Coconut Growers Association, Incorporated (FSCGA, Inc.), the Tubungan Small Coconut Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TSCG-MPC), and the WVSU, which aims to: (1) establish an efficient production system of quality coco fiber; (2) develop value added products to coconut; (3) hone the entrepreneurial skills of the coconut farmers; (4) maximize the utilization of organic farm inputs; and (5) generate employment and contribute to the increase of income to the coco farmers and their families in the locality.
The collaborative partnership is also assisted by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Philippine Association of Tertiary Level Institutions for Environmental
Protection and Management (PATLEPAM), Australian Aid, Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).
The release of the fund and signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), was on June 26, 2009, at the NEDA Regional Office VI (NEDA-6), Fort San Pedro, Iloilo City.