The eruption of the Taal Volcano last Sunday has already caused a total damage of P3.06-billion worth of agricultural products, wherein the fisheries sector is the most affected commodity.
In the latest report issued by the Department of Agriculture, the increase in the amount of damages is attributed to the additional report from Laguna and the updated reports from Batangas and Cavite in coffee, cacao, pineapple, assorted fruits and vegetables, rice, coconut, and fisheries.
The DA earlier reported that the damage and losses due to the eruption have reached P577.39-million, affecting 15,790 hectares and 1,923 animal head.
The DA-CALABARZON and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) are still validating the damaged areas and losses.
Out of the 6,000 fish cages installed around Taal Lake, an estimated amount of P1.6 billion losses was recorded for Tilapia and some Bangus species.
For the rescued livestock, the Bureau of Animal Industry initially delivered 20 bags of animal feeds, drugs and medicines.
On the other hand, the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) and National Dairy Authority (NDA) provided 2.5 tons of roughages (1 ton corn silage and 1.5 tons rice straw) and will be transported to Batangas today.
Meanwhile, the DA-Regional Field Office II coordinated with the Nueva Vizcaya Agricultural Terminal (NVAT) to donate 10 tons of assorted vegetables and will arrive early Saturday in Lipa City.
The League of Associations, composed of 11 Vegetable Farmers’ and Traders’ Associations in La Trinidad, Benguet,on the other hand, has coordinated with DA-Cordillera Administrative Region for a truck to haul 3 to 4 tons of assorted vegetables. Collection of vegetables will start on Jan. 19 at the La Trinidad Trading Post and will be delivered to evacuation centers in Batangas in coordination with Kilusang Pagbabago and Philippine National Police.
The DA-Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Operations Center will continue to monitor and issue regular bulletins regarding the Taal Volcano eruption.