DA extends P765K assistance to Apayao accident victims
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has provided a total of P765,000 as financial assistance to the farmer-victims of the unfortunate Apayao vehicular accident.
A statement showed that DA’s Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) and the DA Regional Field Office 2 already facilitated the distribution of funds this week.
Apart from the cash assistance, the families of the victims also received 50kg of rice each.
To recall, the farmers were on their way home to Lattut, Cagayan, when the Elf truck they were riding fell off into a ravine in Sitio Gassud, Barangay Karikitan, town of Conner, in Apayao province.
According to news reports, the truck was going uphill when its engine suddenly conked off, along with its brake system, causing it to fall off a ravine.
The overloaded truck carried dozens of sacks of inbred rice seeds and corn that the farmers had to pick up to the municipal hall. The seed distribution is part of the assistance the government has to give to farmers for opening up the local market to free-flowing imported rice through the Rice Tariffication Law.
Of the 51 passengers including the driver, 19 were reported dead and 32 were injured and rushed to Conner District Hospital and Cagayan Valley Medical Center.
The Municipal Government of Rizal, Cagayan, in coordination with the Philippine Rice Research Institute in San Mateo, Isabela, will replace the damaged rice seeds during the incident. They also provided 25kg of rice for each family.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar earlier expressed his condolences to the bereaved families.
The DA chief ordered the release of P15,000 cash and a cavan of rice to the surviving families. The token amount and rice are on top of the cash assistance shared by the Provincial Government of Cagayan and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, according to DA Cagayan Valley regional director Narciso Edillo.
The Municipal Government of Conner, Apayao and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes also extended burial aid, among other assistance.