By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – The 2019 National Palm Oil Congress is all set in Butuan City.
Experts on palm oil industry from the different parts of the world are set to converge in this city for the 11th National Palm Oil Congress (11th NPOC) to tackle pressing issues faced by the industry and collectively work towards its development.
With the Philippine Palm Oil Development Council, Inc. (PPDCI) at the helm, and with the theme “Enhancing Competitiveness of Palm Oil amidst the Vegetable Oil Crisis,” the 11th edition of the NPOC promises to bring in industry experts not only from the country but also from the rest of world, said Regional Director Brielgo O. Pagaran of the Department of Trade Industry (DTI 13), in an exclusive interview with The Manila Bulletin on Tuesday.
The officials of the city government of Butuan led by Mayor Ronnie Vicente C. Lagnada, will welcome the delegates from the different parts of the country and guests from foreign countries, on March 21-22, 2019.
The congress is organized by the PPDCI and co-hosted by COPDCI and DTI-Caraga region.
Varied support will likewise be provided by the city government of Butuan, provincial government of Agusan del Norte, LBP, DA, DTI, RBOI, DTI-ARMM, PCA, DOT, API Group of Companies, KPII, FPPI, ABERDI, and other stakeholders.
The 11th NPOC is a biennial nationwide major event of the industry sector that serves as a venue of convergence among stakeholders in discussing updates on the Philippine palm oil industry, Director Pagaran said.
As with the previous editions of the congress, it will feature key development initiatives (by relevant agencies), technological advances, financing programs, and domestic and global trends and prospects, he said.
Working hand-in-hand with Caraga Oil Palm Development Council, Inc. (COPDCI) as co-host, DTI-Caraga will be mounting Trade Promotion and Exhibits as well as Business Matching among Palm Oil Industry stakeholders, he said.
Riding on the success of the 10th Congress held in Davao city last October 2017, the 11th edition boasts of a formidable pool of speakers from Malaysia and other palm oil producing countries to share their respective success stories for the industry stakeholders to learn from, he said.
Local experts, the likes of Dr. Pablito Pamplona will also be featured as one of the resource speakers, he said.