Vice Governor Agnes Magpale led the recent distribution of the agricultural rehabilitation inputs that included 3,750 packs of vegetable seeds. These were kangkong, okra, sitao, squash, eggplant, tomato, hot pepper, bell pepper, and ampalaya. Some of these are called cash crops or short duration crops, which can be harvested in less than a month. Some 147 bags of corn seeds, 125 kilos of mongo, 1,336 of guyabano seedlings, 728 jackfruit seedlings, and 119 camote cuttings were spread throughout the five (5) local government units in the northern tip cluster. These were from the municipalities of San Remigio, Medellin, Daanbantayan, Tabuelan, and Bogo City. These were the heaviest affected areas in northern Cebu by the category five (5) Typhoon Yolanda last November.
Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Roldan Saragena said the seed crops were turned over to the LGUs, which will then distribute these crops to the farmers. He said the intention is to really help the farmers recover from the disaster immediately. Each local government unit also received 110 bags of vermicast organic fertilizers.. Provincial Board Member Celestino “Tining” Martinez III with other Capitol officials assisted in the ceremonial distribution. Earlier on March 11, the farmers in the municipalities of Tabogon, Borbon, Catmon, Sogod, Carmen, and Danao City also received their share of the Capitol’s P6 million crop rehabilitation program. Barangay Kantubaon Farmers Association president Isabelito Loyloy thanked the province for the help. They really needed it to fully recover 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 P5,000.00 medical reimbursement from PCIC. Paulita Secuya, PCIC Cebu Provincial Agri-fishery Insurance Program coordinator, said the province paid the insurance policy premium.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office turned over certificates of goat ownership to six (6) farmers in San Remigio. Xerxes Alkuino