February 28, 2024

Bantay Palengke, an advocacy network focused on food and household goods, called on the government to develop and provide the necessary support for the coconut oil industry for its economic potential.

“We know that coconut oil is a high value product and the international demand for it is high. It is about time that our government sees coconut oil’s great potential and maximize it for our farmers and our economic progress,” Bantay Palengke Convenor Lester Codog said.

He added coconut oil is a key ingredient for various bath and cosmetic products such as soaps, shampoos, and make up.

“It is common knowledge how in-demand cosmetics are nowadays as more consumers become aware of the importance of self-love and personal care. In fact, the $262.21 billion worth global cosmetics industry experienced 15.26 percent revenue growth from 2021 to 2022. Analysts say that the industry is expected to further expand from 2023 to 2030. With this, we think it is important for our government to ensure we will have our share of the pie by being one of the top, if not the top, exporters of coconut oil, a very important ingredient of several cosmetics,” Codog said.

He said coconut farmers will ultimately benefit from a government program that promotes coconut oil in the international market.

“With the support of the government, we think the officials and personnel at the Philippine Coconut Authority can lead the way in effectively crafting programs that will successfully place Philippine coconut oil on the world map. Farmers and consumers will surely support such initiatives and such a development will truly reflect the unity this government has been pushing for from the start.” – Press release