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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

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