THE Office of the City Agriculture reported that the cocolisap infestation, which affected 700,000 coconut trees last year, “is now under control.”

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said that 70 percent of the total affected trees have recovered due to the measures and interventions they have undertaken.

The fight against cocolisap infestation was carried out by Palacat’s office in partnership with the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and other agencies.

Palacat said the interventions have involved mass spraying, pruning, and chemical and biological control.

“For the remaining 30 percent, we are still in the process of combating the pests using mass spraying and the release of bio-control agents,” Palacat said.

Palacat clarified that the remaining 30 percent are recovering, albeit at a slower rate.

Last year, cocolisap infestation affected this city and the Zamboanga Peninsula region.

The local government released P16.3 million released to intervene and address the cocolisap infestation. (SunStar Philippines)