DA releases P2.9 B assistance to typhoon-hit farmers

Published January 14, 2022, 1:46 PM

by MB Business

The Department of Agriculture said it has provided at least P2.9 billion of assistance to farmers, fishers and other rural folks affected by Typhoon Odette, which damage and losses already climbed to P13.4 billion

General Luna in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte on Dec. 22 after it was devastated by typhoon “Odette” (Albert Lozada/Greenpeace)

In a statement, DA Secretary William Dar said that to date, Friday, Jan. 14, his agency has allocated the funds for rehabilitation, farm inputs, credit insurance, and boats.

Of the total funds, Dar said P1 billion have been allocated as Quick Response Fund (QRF) for the rehabilitation of affected areas. DA Regional Field Offices also provided P314 million worth of rice seeds, P129 million worth of corn seeds, and P57 million worth of assorted vegetable seeds; as well as animal stocks, drugs and biologics for livestock and poultry amounting to P6.6 million.

Through the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), the DA also alloted a total of 17,595 seednuts amounting to P1.48 million which will be provided to MIMAROPA, Regions VII and XIII. In addition, DA-PCA has distributed P150,000 worth of fertilizers that will benefit coconut farmers in MIMAROPA

The Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) distributed a total of P183,000 worth of farm inputs and planting materials for the replanting of damaged cotton and fiber farms in Regions VII and XIII.

In addition, the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), under its Survival and Recovery (SURE) Loan Assistance program, has also provided P500 million for emergency loan, at zero interest, payable in three years, to 20,000 affected farmers and fishers, at P25,000 each in six regions (MIMAROPA, Regions VI, VII, VIII, X, and XIII).

The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) will indemnify insured farmers and fishers for their damaged crops and fish, worth P828 million.

For the fisheries sector, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has provided assistance for the

repair of damaged boats amounting to P5.78 M in Regions VII, VIII, and XIII; construction of FRP boats for distribution amounting to P13.5 M in Regions VI, VIII, and XIII; and distribution of 520 units of marine diesel engine amounting to P12.3 M in MIMAROPA, Regions VII, VIII, and XIII.

According to DA, damage and losses have been reported in Regions CALABARZON, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, SOCCSKSARGEN, and Caraga amounting to P13.4 billion affecting 449,316 farmers and fishers, with volume of production loss at 267,809 metric tons (MT) and 449,316 hectares of agricultural areas.

Affected commodities include rice, corn, high value crops, coconut, sugarcane, abaca, livestock, and fisheries. Damage has also been incurred in agricultural infrastructures, machineries and equipment. These values are subject to validation.