TO help farmers and fishermen from Jipapad, Eastern Samar to recover from a flash flood brought by Typhoon Samuel, the Department of Agriculture has provided them with assistance and projects worth P30 million.
DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, who personally delivered the assistance, disclosed that the newly-planted rice farms estimated at 640 hectares were totally destroyed.
Piñol added that among the interventions committed by the department include the P5,000 loan per farmer and fisherman family affected by the floods. The DA will allot the amount of P9.4 million for the loan assistance under the Survival and Recovery Loaning Program; a P10 million in funds under the Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) Program of the DA Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC); and Rice Seeds good for 641 hectares and vegetable seeds for women’s groups.
Other interventions are the P1.5-million capitalization and P1.5-million for the purchase of a hauling trucks for coconut farmers so they could buy copra and deliver this directly to the oil mills; two 35-hp tractors with plow and rotavators for the rice farms; three 30-footer fiberglass fishing boats from the Bureau of Fisheries and special NFA outlet to sustain the rice needs of the town until the farmers have fully recovered.
Piñol explained that the said interventions will be delivered starting next week.
He also ordered the regional DA officials to validate the typhoon damage in the other towns in Samar, particularly Catubig and Las Navas.
Piñol also disclosed that the Department of Social Welfare and Development has already distributed food packs to the residents.