Vice Governor Agnes Magpale led the distribution of the agricultural rehabilitation inputs like corn seeds, sweet potato cuttings, jackfruit seedlings and guyabano seeds as well as pepper, tomato, and mongo seeds.
Fast growing vegetable seeds like eggplant, lettuce, okra, ampalaya, pechay seeds, string beans, and kangkong were given. Some of these are called cash crops or short duration crops, which can be harvested in less than a month.
Provincial Agricuturist Dr. Roldan Saragena said the seed crops were turned over to the LGUs, which will be the one to distribute these crops to the farmers. He said the intention is to really help the farmers recover from the disaster immediately.
Every local government unit also received 110 bags of vermicast organic fertilizers each.
Provincial Board Member Celestino “Tining” Martinez III and the Capitol officials and department heads also assisted the ceremonial distribution.
The recipients were from cluster II located at the northern point of the province. It includes the municipalities of San Remigio, Medellin, Daanbantayan, Tabuelan, and Bogo City.
These are the heaviest affected areas in northern Cebu by the category five (5) typhoon Yolanda last November.
Earlier on March 11, the farmers in the municipalities of Tabogon, Borbon, Catmon, Sogod, Carmen, and Danao City also received their share of Capitol’s P6(million or billion) crop rehabilitation program.
Isabelito Loyloy, president of Barangay Kantubaon Farmers Association, thanked the province for the seeds and seedlings. He admitted they really needed the help, as they have not yet fully recovered from the huge disaster.
Three fishermen from San Remigio also got indemnity checks from the Philippine Crop Insurance Company (PCIC) for their damaged motorized boats.
Poblacion, Daanbantayan Barangay Captain Romulo De Leon also received P5,000.00medical reimbursement from PCIC.
PaulitaSecuya, PCIC Cebu Provincial Agri-fishery Insurance Program coordinator, said the province paid the premiums of insurance policy.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office finally turned over certificates of goat ownership to six (6) farmers in San Remigio. Xerxes Alkuino