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DA regional office conducts relief operations for eruption victims

Staff and officials of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 4-A conducted a relief operation and recovery efforts in Batangas and Cavite, where thousands of farmers, fishers, ruralfolk and residents were adversely affected with the recent Taal volcano eruption.

“We are pleased to establish and operate the facility that serves as a distribution center for all DA family-sourced assistance and interventions, and as a temporary shelter for 62 head of rescued livestock animals affected by the Taal volcano eruption,” Secretary Dar said as he led the operation.

He first visited the recently- launched DA Taal Livestock Care Emergency Operations Center, at Tanco Drive, Brgy. Marawouy, Lipa City, Batangas, on January 18, 2020.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar led the officials and staff of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 4-A (Calabarzon) in their relief and recovery efforts in Batangas and Cavite, where thousands of farmers, fishers, ruralfolk and residents were adversely affected with the eruption of Taal volcano.

He first visited the recently- launched DA Taal Livestock Care Emergency Operations Center, at Tanco Drive, Brgy. Marawouy, Lipa City, Batangas, on January 18, 2020.

He instructed DA-RFO 4-A director Arnel de Mesa to ensure that animal feeds, biologics, vitamins and other veterinary supplies are enough to sustain the operations of the center.

Secretary Dar then visited Darasa Elementary School in Tanauan, that serves as an evacuation site for about 1,500 evacuees, and joined Representative Ma. Theresa Collantes in the distribution of food packs, rice and 14,800 kilos of assorted vegetables from Nueva Vizcaya agricultural trading (NVAT) center.

Secretary Dar assured the evacuees that the government under President Rodrigo R. Duterte is working tirelessly to help ease the impact of Taal volcano eruption among affected families in Batangas and Cavite.

DA-RFO 4-A director Arnel de Mesa said the DA has initially provided P130-million worth of assistance in the form of farm equipment, seeds, planting materials and fingerlings to affected farmers and fisherfolk.

Secretary Dar and director de Mesa then went to Silang, Cavite, and inspected ashfall-damaged pineapple and coffee farms, and assured farmers and local government officials of strong and continued support to enable them to recover.

The DA chief led the distribution of vegetables, farm tools, storage drums, and power sprayers to affected farmers in Silang, Cavite; and Cabuyao and Calamba, Laguna.

He told them: “Don’t lose hope! Because God is with us and your Government is here to help you get back on your feet and get you back in your farms,” Secretary Dar said.



 

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