DAR issues supplemental guidelines on cocolisap

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piaQUEZON CITY, Oct 21 -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently  issued supplemental rules and regulations for Administrative Order No.02, Series of 2014 on leasehold operations in tenanted coconut lands affected by fortuitous events, natural disasters, or calamities through Administrative Order No.8, Series of 2014.

Secretary Virgilio R. de los Reyes said the new Administrative Order is issued in view of the recent massive infestation of scale insects, scientifically known as “Aspidiotus rigidus” (or Cocolisap), which poses a very serious threat to the economic condition and security of tenure of the tenants-lessees on coconut landholdings, as well as on other landholdings planted to high-value crops (like coffee, cacao, mangosteen, etc.). 


De los Reyes said the supplemental rules and regulations apply to all tenanted coconut landholdings, as well as to high-value crops which are cultivated under the coconut trees or near coconut plantations, with or without a leasehold agreement, which have been affected by scale insects.

He cited that no tenant-lessee shall be removed from his/her farmholding due to non-payment of lease rentals as a result of infestation by scale insects except when his/her removal has been authorized by an appropriate body or court in a judgment that is final and executory.

Said tenant-lessee may renegotiate for a new leasehold agreement with the landowner, specifying the new terms and conditions of their relationship or arrangement particularly with respect to the payment of the lease rentals, planting of crops, and change of crop, if necessary, and upon mutual agreement.

The affected tenant-lessee shall be allowed to cut and transport coconut trees, provided that the necessary permit shall be secured from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).

He added that the net proceeds of the cut coconut trees, after deducting the cost of cutting and hauling and paid back to the party who shouldered said expenses, shall be divided between the tenant-lessee and landowner-lessor in a manner agreed by them, provided that in no case may the share of the tenant-lessee be less than 75 percent of the net proceeds.

In case of disagreement, or if the landowner-lessor can no longer be located, the 75%-25% ratio in favor of the tenant-lessee shall be imposed. (DAR)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=2131413872214