More dam­age re­ports reach Capi­tol

TROP­I­CAL DE­PRES­SION CRISING

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Izo­belle T. Pulgo and Michelle Jessa Fae M. Mi­randa

The Cebu Pro­vin­cial Ve­teri­nar­ian Of­fice (PVO) has recorded al­most a mil­lion pesos’ worth of dam­age in poul­try and live­stock caused by Trop­i­cal De­pres­sion Crising when it hit north­ern Cebu over the week­end.

Dr. Mary Rose Vin­coy of the PVO said that a to­tal of P856,800 worth of live­stock and poul­try dam­age were re­ported, cov­er­ing the north­ern towns of Bor­bon (P78,000), Cat­mon (P38,900) and So­god (P18,400), and the City of Danao (P721,500).

In the town of Car­men, where eight peo­ple per­ished at the height of Crising, au­thor­i­ties were still in the process of as­sess­ing the live­stock and poul­try dam­age in the area, said Vin­coy.

“Ang Car­men, on­go­ing gi­hapon ang ilang dam­age as­sess­ment kay perti gyud nga daghana kuno (The dam­age as­sess­ment in Car­men is still on­go­ing be­cause there is just so much dam­age re­ported),” she said.

The rest of the north­ern towns, Vin­coy said, re­ported no dam­age.

Ac­cord­ing to Vin­coy, the live­stock and poul­try that were dam­aged in Bor­bon were cov­ered by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment’s agri-fish­ery in­sur­ance pro­gram while the an­i­mals in So­god and Cat­mon were un­der a Philip­pine Co­conut Au­thor­ity in­sur­ance pro­gram.

Vin­coy’s of­fice had yet to de- termine whether dam­aged live­stock and poul­try in Car­men were cov­ered by the in­sur­ance pro­gram of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

“So ba­si­cally if they are cov­ered, they will just have to fill up the form and they can be given as­sis­tance,” Vin­coy said in Ce­buano.

Vin­coy ex­plained that all farm­ers whose live­stock and poul­try were dam­aged by the trop­i­cal de­pres­sion will be pro­vided with ve­teri­nary as­sis­tance in­clud­ing ve­teri­nary medicines and feeds even if they had no in­sur­ance.

But only those cov­ered by the in­sur­ance pro­gram of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will be given ad­di­tional cash as­sis­tance.

Crops and fish­ery

Over at the Pro­vin­cial Agri­cul­ture Of­fice (PAO), crop and fish­ery dam­age in the town of Cat­mon was pegged at P157,000: Bor­bon (P17,000), Liloan (P60,000) and Com­postela (P5,000).

While PAO head Roldan Sara­gena ini­tially placed crop and fish­ery dam­age in Car­men town at P2.7 mil­lion, the town’s own agri­cul­ture of­fice recorded on Thurs­day that dam­age had reached P3.3 mil­lion.

Sara­gena said that the towns of So­god and Bogo and the City of Man­daue did not suf­fer any agri-fish­ery dam­age, while Danao City had yet to sub­mit its as­sess­ment data.

Sara­gena urged mu­nic­i­pal agri­cul­ture of­fi­cers to sub­mit a mas­ter list of af­fected farm­ers in their re­spec­tive ar­eas so that the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment can ex­tend as­sis­tance by way of pro­vid­ing as­sorted veg­etable seedlings and high-qual­ity corn seeds in time for the first crop­ping sea­son this May.

Aside from its agri-fish­ery in­sur­ance pro­gram, which has an al­lo­cated bud­get of P20 mil­lion, the Cebu pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of­fers to lend two trac­tors to af­fected lo­cal gov­ern­ment units to as­sist their lo­cal farm­ers, Sara­gena said.

“But they (LGUs) have to shoul­der the fuel. The use of the trac­tor is for free and the Capi­tol will be pro­vid­ing a driver to go with it as well as shoul­der the de­liv­ery of the equip­ment,” Sara­gena ex­plained in Ce­buano.

Ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance

Marivic Garces of the Pro­vin­cial So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice (PSWDO) said that they are look­ing to have the Pro­vin­cial Board spon­sor a res­o­lu­tion so that the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment can ex­tend ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial aid to the 10 ca­su­al­ties of Trop­i­cal De­pres­sion Crising across the prov­ince.

Garces said PSWDO was mulling on giv­ing an ad­di­tional P10,000 as­sis­tance for each of the fam­i­lies of the ten fa­tal­i­ties from Car­men town (8) and Danao City (1) in the north and the town of Al­coy (1) in south­ern Cebu.

“I have talked to Gov­er­nor Hi­lario Da­vide III that we will re­quest the Pro­vin­cial Board to spon­sor a res­o­lu­tion so that we can give an ad­di­tional cash as­sis­tance to the fam­i­lies of those who were killed. How­ever, the other typhoon vic­tims were al­ready given the usual as­sis­tance of rice, canned goods and used cloth­ing.” Garces added.

Garces said that on top of the fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment also ex­tended food and burial as­sis­tance to the fam­i­lies of those who per­ished dur­ing last week’s trop­i­cal de­pres­sion.

CDNPHOTO/NOR­MAN V. MEN­DOZA

As heavy rains poured on Easter Sun­day amid Trop­i­cal De­pres­sion Crising, the na­tional high­way along Barangay Dawis Norte, Car­men town and Barangays Maslog and Guin­say, Danao City were flooded, re­sult­ing in nine deaths in north­ern Cebu. A fish­er­man in the town of Al­coy, south Cebu also died af­ter ven­tur­ing out to sea.

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