Philippines is a country of abundant coconut trees. In fact, this is considered as tree of life since each and every part of it can be used for different purposes. The news that spread about the so-called “cocolisap” is not a joke since it was reported that P200 million was lost due to its infestation and it is increasing according to Presidential Assistant on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan.
The infestation of cocolisap is not just reported on a single province in the country since it is nationwide. There are reports from Zamboanga City through the provincial office of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) about the monitoring of the said pest in Isabela, Basilan knowing that since 2013, the number of infested coconuts by cocolisap is raised to 76, 31. This is sad news to those who are trying to manage coconut plantations in the area in hope of having a good harvest and income.
In order to know what to do with these pests and in order to avoid its damage to coconut trees, the public should have knowledge on it. Further research and reading is advised. There is already a help asked from Indonesia in order to get rid of these destructive pests. It has also been reported that the pests are plenty in Batangas due to its abundant farms of flowers. There is already an action done in order to stop the infestation of the so-called pest and it is expected that this year, the cocolisap will vanish in the haze.