DA continues to provide aid for eruption victims
With the total damage estimated at Php 3.22 billion Department of Agriculture and its attached agencies has continued providing aid for farmers and fisherfolks affected by the Taal volcano eruption through relief and recovery efforts, agricultural inputs as well as livestocks and fisheries.
RELIEF AND RECOVERY EFFORTS
The regional field office of CALABARZON (DA-RFO 4A) distributed 1,600 food packs to the Taal Volcano Eruption victims yesterday, while DA-NFA released 599 bags of rice and Valenzuela City will buy 9,600 bags for distribution. Moreover, NFA Administrator Judy Dansal committed 2,000 sacks of 50-kg rice, of which 1,000 has been distributed.
Vegetable Farmers’ and Traders’ Associations in La Trinidad, Benguet, thru DA-CARFO, delivered six tons of assorted vegetables in Batangas evacuation centers.
DA-RFO 2 has donated 175 bags of rice. Moreover, DA-RFO 1 will donate 469 cavans to be delivered on January 22 and DA-CARFO with 120 cavans of rice and 4 tons of silage to be delivered on January 24.
Thru DA-RFO 2, the Nueva Vizcaya Agricultural Terminal (NVAT) donated 14,800 kilos of banana, assorted root crops and vegetables for distribution.
DA RFO 3, together with farmer’s associations/cooperatives, will give 280 bags of rice, 10 boxes of noodles, 18 boxes of mineral water, 4 sacks of red onion, 1 sack of sweet potato, clothes, towels, and cash donations from DA RFO 3 employees worth Php 50,000 on January 24 as well.
A total of Php 357 million from the Quick Response Fund (QRF) is available for the rehabilitation and recovery plan.
DA-RFO 4A (Calabarzon) provided Php 22-million worth of interventions in the form of farm equipment, seeds, planting materials, fingerlings, storage drums and power sprayers in Batangas.
DA-PCA allots P1.9 million to help affected coconut farmers through 150,000 seedlings and agricultural grade salt fertilizers to be provided.
DA-BPI will distribute the following: 5,000 coffee seedlings; 1,000 cacao seedlings; 2,000 mango seedlings; 1,000 seedlings assorted lanzones, rambutan, and jackfruit; 5 metric tons of corn seeds, 2 kgs squash; 200 kgs cowpea and 1,500 kgs fresh cabbage from Baguio. These will be distributed on January 24, with certificates.
DA Taal Livestock Care Emergency Operations Center was launched at STIARC, Lipa City, that will serve as temporary shelter for rescued livestock animals. A total of 66 animals are currently being taken care of by the shelter and Secretary Dar ensured that animal feeds, biologics, vitamins and other veterinary supplies are enough to sustain the operations of the center.
DA-BAI sent one truck for animal rescue and evacuation, and initially delivered 20 bags of feeds. Additional 250 sacks of feeds were delivered yesterday, January 20, at STIARC, Lipa City.
A total of Php 10 million budget shall be allocated to the Livestock Evacuation Center at STIARC, which will be a depository area where affected farmers can leave their animals, get 50% of the livestock’s price and buy them once conditions are back to normal.
DA-PCC will deliver additional 3 tons of corn silage this week. Previously, DA-PCC sent one truck for animal rescue and evacuation and provided a mobile clinic with 2.5 tons of feeds for ruminants, 1 ton corn silage and 1.5 tons rice straw, and veterinary medicines. The PCC mobile clinic has provided health services to 66 animals.
The DA National Livestock Program, with DA-AMAS, will tap at least two large farms as livestock evacuation centers.
Once aquaculture operation resumes and suitable areas are identified, DA-BFAR is ready to provide assorted fingerlings: seven million for tilapia; 20,000 – ulang (freshwater shrimps); 50,000 – hito; 100,000 – bighead carp; and 5,000 – ayungin.
DA-BFAR conducted laboratory analyses for water and fish samples in Taal Lake and revealed that consumption of fish from Taal Lake is safe, but it must be confined to those that are fresh and caught alive. Caught fish must be washed thoroughly, internal organs removed, and cooked properly.
DA-BFAR Region 1 with the fish cage operators in La Union and Pangasinan, initially committed 4 tons of fresh chilled bangus for distribution on Friday, January 24
The DA will also be offering loans and insurance for the victims.
DA-ACPC, under its Survival and Recovery (SURE) Loan Assistance program, allots an initial Php 30 million for lending as an emergency loan, zero interest, three years to pay, to 1,200 affected farmers and fishers, at P25,000 each. The DA-ACPC tapped the Rural Bank of Mt. Carmel in Tagaytay as conduit.
Php 108 million of insurance indemnification has been provided by DA-PCIC, benefiting 12,400 farmers and fishers.