A resident returns on Sept. 13 to her damaged home and uprooted backyard crops in the province of Laguna, one of the areas hardest hit by tropical depression Maring.
Typhoon Maring good for farms, but displaces more than 2,000 families
TROPICAL DEPRESSION Maring, the 13th typhoon to hit the country this year, caused “very minimal” damage to the agriculture sector, according to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, and the heavy downpour would actually be good for the farms as dams have been filled and ready for irrigation purposes. Mr. Piñol told reporters yesterday that the only damage report he received so far was on a 364-hectare farm in Region IV-A — or Calabarzon covering the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon — with an estimated value of P36 million. “The tropical depression actually (was) more beneficial than destructive because bumuhos yung ulan at
nagkatubig uli ang mga (rain really poured and that put water in the) dams. We’re expecting that this will be a good development with the onset of the dry season planting,” he said. — Janina C. Lim and Rosemarie A. Zamora >> See full story on https://goo.gl/56T8mQ