Initial estimate puts ‘Ulysses’ damage in Cordillera’s agricultural sector at P26M

Published November 13, 2020, 4:23 PM

by Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – Farmers in the Cordillera are going to face a big challenge in trying to pick up from the losses incurred due to typhoon “Ulysses”.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Cordillera initially reported Friday morning a total of P26.95 million in damage in terms of production losses.

It reported that 1, 014 farmers working in 9,209.45 hectares of farmland were affected by the typhoon. It was equivalent to 1,234.81 metric tons of production lost.

The provinces of Abra, Ifugao and Apayao, reported P9.5-million damage in rice crops, with Apayao listing an initial P5.4 million, or 326.77 metric tons of destroyed rice crops.

Damage in corn products was reported by the provinces of Apayao and Ifugao with 150.43 metric tons in damaged crops. Mountain Province reported a minimal damage of P658,006 worth in corn and livestock while Kalinga’s report has yet to be received.
The different provincial agriculture offices at the six provinces and two cities were currently doing an assessment to get the aggregate damage in agriculture.

The Cordillera Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council also reported that at the height of the typhoon on Thursday, November 12, two persons died in Benguet.

The Baguio City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) reported no casualties or major damages during the typhoon. One family has been evacuated from Barangay QM due to a damaged roof, while some 18 fallen trees was recorded.

The Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) reported some P1.3 million worth of damage where the bulk of the damage was fallen electric poles, lines and transformers, causing 90 percent power outage in its service area on Thursday.

Beneco is the sole power distribitor in Baguio and Benguet. As of 8:00 a. m. on Friday Beneco reported that the power in 94,221 household consumers in Baguio and Benguet out of the 192,000 has been restored.

The power in 84 villages out of 128 in Baguio City was already restore

In Benguet where there are 140 villages in the 13 towns, only 26 has been restored so far due to several factors. BENECO personnel are now working to restore the power in areas that remain without power and hopes to give back electricity to the whole of Baguio and Benguet within the day.