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Councilor says: “Cocolisap invasion more deadly than Marawi crisis!”

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(Enlightenment—Passage of the Day)

Q.) WHEN WE DENY THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, WHO ARE WE AS DESCRIBED IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURE?

A.) “WHO IS A LIAR BUT HE WHO DENIES THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST? HE IS THE ANTICHRIST WHO DENIES THE FATHER AND THE SON.” (JOHN 2:22). Email: jayfeliciano2@yahoo.com

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MARATHON DISCUSSION ON COCOLISAP

PROBABLY, it’s the longest ever to tackle a one vital item in its Agenda for the day in the council.

“Yes, this could be our longest, ever,” reacted sharply VM Cesar Iturralde, the council presiding officer when asked following the adjournment of their regular session last Tuesday (Sept. 26).

 

And, what was their lengthy discussion all about?

COCOLISAP!

BEFORE we go further, what is Cocolisap? In my own findings through the help of the wonders of the Internet, nowadays, it’s made up of coconut scale insects(CSI) that are considered as pests commonly found in coconuts as the name itself suggests, but in severe infestation. Such an infestation can spread in wide areas planted to fruit trees, particularly, coconuts. They cause serious damage to their leaves, stalks and branches that result to their stunt growth, defoliation and dieback. CSIs are recorded both in subtropical and tropical regions and said to be infesting coconut trees in other countries, like Indonesia where the CSIoutbreak was discovered way back in the 1920s.

SO, therefore, Cocolisap didn’t originate in our country, but in other countries.

LET’s rewind back to our council session that Tuesday morning which ended past 4pm. Through the formal invitation of the council made possible by its main proponent, Dist. 2 Councilor AlJihan Edding, chair of the council committee on Agriculture, Metro Manila-based Luis Cruz, Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) flew here in our city, supposedly taking an early morning flight just to honor our council’s invitation and for him to personally have a serious look-see into our own city’s CSI woes.

The PCA top brass was observed as intently all ears to the council’s marathon discussion on the grave infestation of the CSI in our very own city whose major export products include copra, as well.

AFTER all were said and done during the whole discussion period, finally, the council passed its several resolutions authored by scores of the council members. But, the cudgel was given to Lady Councilor Edding to be the main sponsor— being the chair of its committee on Agriculture. Edding expressed the dire need for the city to embark on its massive information dissemination campaign to stir awareness among local farmers about the gravity of the cocolisap pestilence in the city, right now. The need to declare the city in a state of emergency to help address the cocolisap plague here with huge success is but a must, according to the members of its august body.

THEY urged the utmost cooperation and support of all the stakeholders in this Cocolisap yarn reportedly on its 8THyear by this time, most likely, with no definitive and ultimate solution sighted by our local leadershere, which defines how they frantically tackled the CSI outbreak that one councilor defiles it as even worse than the Marawi crisis. Whew!

BUT, don’t you ever lose hope yet. Haven’t you come across one particular scientific discovery for the cure of the cocolisap outbreak, right here in our country?

IN July 2014, our local scientists based in Los Baños (UP), Laguna, They discovered certain parasites that’ll eventually end the cocolisap outbreak in our country. They said these parasites known as parasitoids are also our native insects and they’re said to be a “natural enemy” of CSI, that’s locally referred as Cocolisap.

PARASITOID, described like a wasp and a relative of the bees, punctures the scale of the cocolisap and deposits its eggs into the host insect. The parasitoid’s larvae feed on the CSI’s internal tissues until the host dies in a process that takes about 25 days.

These scientists and a group of coconut industry stakeholders said the gov’t would no longer need to inject insecticides to coconut trees infested by CSI after discovering the presence of parasitoids that could naturally end the cocolisap outbreak in the country.

Its scientific name is called Comeriellasp (Encytidae, Hymenoptera), that’s native to the Phil. Its discovery was credited to these (UP) entomologist couple Mario and Marcela Navasero who owns a farm in San Pablo, Laguna City. They announced their findings they made with another UP Los Baños scientist Dr. Ted Mendoza that same year (June of 2014), and claimed that such a discovery of theirs is seen to bring hope for an end to an outbreak that has so far affected 2.1 million coconut trees in the country, mostly in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon).

THIS is a breakthrough, at-last, and such a fantastic anti-cocolisap discovery, if indeed, that effective, will finally end the nightmares of all our coconut farmers, nationwide—to include our own cocoteros, here.

I would like to welcome it, for I’m a coco stakeholder, too—though, in a small-scale amount category amongst coco farmers in la bella. Verdad gale’ cosa ta abla c Timoteo, el caretaker mio. Pensabayo de pampa’ronadas lang le. Perdona me Timot! (By Jun Feliciano) (30)




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