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Capitol to provide aid to Balamban’s damaged agri-products

| by: Stanley Cin

Farmers, who were badly affected by the unusual cold weather and torrential rains in the Visayas region and Cebu, are assured of help from the provincial government.

The low temperature brought by Northeast Monsoon wasted farm crops and livestock in three local government units in the province so far.

According to the latest tally of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), the incident costs P3.899 million of crops and P995 thousand of livestock in Balamban town.

The list of dead animals in Balamban included cattles (43), carabao (2), horse (2), and goat (2).

Governor Hilario P. Davide III said he will personally inspect some damaged areas in Balamban within the week.

In Danao City, Marrio T. Gorre, city agriculturist, also reported an estimated P710 thousand worth of damage on their crops in three barangays: Sacsac, Lawaan, and Dungga.

The PDRRMO also received reports of a decrease of around 30 percent in the daily supply of vegetables at the trading center of the municipality of Dalaguete.

Locally known as the vegetable basket in the province, it also lost one carabao, one cattle, and around 50 dogs due to the low temperature that weakened their resistance.

Provincial Agriculturist Dr. RoldanSaragena said they would send a validation team to the affected areas. He said the proper procedure is they must have a personal interaction with the affected farmers in order to get first hand information.

After the validation, Saragena said the provincial government will distribute organic fertilizers, spices and vegetable seeds to the affected farmers. This would help cover their losses.

The commonly affected crops are cucumber, tomato, pepper, baguio beans, chayote, onion, ginger, ampalaya, cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, eggplant and rice (due to flooding in Barangay Biasong.)

Meanwhile, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office said it will continue to provide food and used clothing to the landslide victims in Barangay Gaas, Balamban. In addition, they will also provide toiletry items for the 74 affected families who moved to safer places.

Last week, the PSWDO already distributed 59 packs of rice, 5 sacks of used clothing, 59 pieces of mats, 59 pcs. of blankets, 59 pcs. of mosquito nets, 59 pcs. of pail, 177 of plates, 177 pcs. tumbler, 59 pcs. ofkaldero, and 20 tents.

Another 10 tents will be turned over to the barangay as more evacuees moved to its gym last Saturday. Xerxes Alkuino