Yolanda-af­fected farm­ers get DA as­sis­tance

Sun.Star Cebu - - TOP STORIES - ELIAS O. BAQUERO / Re­porter

The De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA) has spent a to­tal of P100 mil­lion to re­ha­bil­i­tate the liveli­hood of the farm­ers in 16 lo­cal­i­ties in Cebu af­fected by typhoon Yolanda five years ago.

Typhoon Yolanda hit the Visayas, par­tic­u­larly north­ern Cebu, on Nov. 8, 2013 and de­stroyed the farms and houses of the res­i­dents, mostly farm­ers in Bogo City and the towns of Bor­bon, Medellin, Daan­ban­tayan, San Remi­gio, So­god, Tabo­gon, Tabue­lan, Tubu­ran, Ban­tayan, Sta. Fe, Madride­jos, Poro, Tudela, San Fran­cisco and Pi­lar.

Ma­rina T. Her­moso, DA of­fi­cer-in-charge-re­gional ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, told Sun­Star Cebu that of the P100 mil­lion, P68.7 mil­lion was spent in 2014, a few months af­ter the typhoon. It fo­cused on re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Her­moso said the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs) in north­ern Cebu that were hit hard­est by Yolanda were given cash-for-work pro­grams. This was fol­lowed by the dis­tri­bu­tion of tools to their farm­ers, then palay seeds and corn seeds for plant­ing. When the rice and corn grew, the dis­tri­bu­tion of fer­til­izer fol­lowed.

“Each of the 16 LGUs re­ceived one four-wheeled trac­tor with com­plete ac­ces­sories and fuel sub­sidy,” Her­moso said.

In 2017, the DA dis­bursed the bal­ance of P31.3 mil­lion to the LGUs for dis­tri­bu­tion of cof­fee and ca­cao plant­ing ma­te­ri­als and re­stock­ing/dis­tri­bu­tion of an­i­mals (cat­tle, carabao, goat, na­tive chicken) with pro­vi­sion of vac­cines and bi­o­log­ics.

This en­abled the farm­ers to en­gage in an­i­mal fat­ten­ing and prop­a­ga­tion, side by side with grow­ing of their crops.

Around 70,000 farm­ers from the af­fected lo­cal­i­ties are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this con­tin­u­ing project, Her­moso said.

Cur­rently, the DA is down­load­ing to the seven LGUs of Poro, Tudela, Sta. Fe, San Remi­gio, Medellin, Tabue­lan and Daan­ban­tayan the amount of P30.5 mil­lion to cover sim­i­lar in­ter­ven­tions. Th­ese seven LGUs have the Seal of Good Lo­cal Gov­er­nance from the De­part­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment.

Her­moso said the in­ter­ven­tions to help the farm­ers re­cover im­me­di­ately from the nat­u­ral calamity, are on top of the reg­u­lar pro­grams of the DA, which in­clude the pro­vi­sion of farm in­puts and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance.


LIFE GOES ON. A man works in a ba­nana farm in Lam­intak Norte in Medellin. Medellin was one of 15 towns and one city that were dev­as­tated when su­per typhoon Yolanda struck north­ern Cebu on Nov. 8, 2013 .


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