JAPAN has pledged to fund the construction of a Regional Coconut Coir Technology and Productivity Center and the procurement of equipment for the coconut farmers of Northern Samar. First Secretary and Agricultural Attaché Kenji Terada attended the turnover ceremony last June 4, 2015 in Catarman and San Jose in Northern Samar. This is part of the Japan’s Official Development Assistance under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects. With the above projects, the EOJ hopes to contribute to the development of coconut industry in Northern Samar. The facilities provided is seen to paved the way for the introduction of value adding activities for coconut to tap the growing demand of industrialized countries for erosion control mats, geotextile and bioengineering products.