By Madelaine B. Miraflor
It’s been more than a week since Typhoon Tisoy has left the country, but the amount of damage it has cost to the country’s agriculture sector hasn’t yet been fully computed. As of today, it is at nearly P4 billion.
In the latest data from the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRM), it was showed that the damages and losses brought by Typhoon
Tisoy in the country’s agriculture sector has increased from P1.93 billion as of last week to P3.70 billion as of today.
Considered as the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines for this year, Tisoy wiped out as much as 195,046 metric tons (MT) of farm output, including rice, corn, high value crops, livestock, and fisheries.
It also left 132,166 hectares of farm land destroyed and 92,701 farmers and fisherfolks affected.
DA’s DRRM said the increase is due to the updated reports from Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas and additional reports from
Ilocos Region and Eastern Visayas.
It noted, however, that the damages and losses are only equivalent to 1 percent of the estimated total rice production by the end of 2019.
As part of its interventions, the DA has an available P250 million from the Quick Response Fund (QRF) for rehabilitation.
In addition, the Agricultural Credit and Policy Council (ACPC) allocated P65 million under the Survival Recovery (SURE) Program for assistance.
The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) also plans to fast-track the release of indemnity to farmers and fisherfolk hit by the typhoon.