PH signs MOU with ASEAN neighbors to promote seaweed, coconut
To strengthen the collective bargaining position of the ASEAN region and expand products that can be and are being exported to international markets, the Philippines joined other member-states in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a regional promotion scheme.
The MOU, which Agriculture Secretary William Dar signed in behalf of the Philippine government, pushes for a promotion scheme that will enable ASEAN member-states to strategically position their products in the international market and ensure that these products are being produced through sustainable means.
For the Philippines, the products that will be covered by the promotion scheme are seaweed and seaweed-based products (food grade and non-food grade) and coconut, including coconut oil, copra meal, desiccated coconut, oleo chemicals, activated carbon, coco shell charcoal, coconut water, among others.
The Philippine agriculture products were finalized during the ASEAN Joint Committee on Agriculture and Forest Products Promotion Scheme meeting recently in Brunei Darussalam.
Other products of other ASEAN member-states that are included in the promotion scheme are cocoa and and palm oil (Malaysia); coffee (Vietnam); peas and beans (Myanmar); pepper, tea, and tuna (Indonesia); and tapioca and sericulture (Thailand).