By Danilo E. Doguiles
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, March 13 (PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture in Region 12 has extended P15. 1 million worth of agricultural aid to typhoon Pablo victims in Compostela Valley as well as the provinces of Davao Oriental and Davao del Norte in Region 11.
The amount was sourced from the department’s Quick Response Funds with a corresponding authority granted by DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala.
Agricultural aids included the provision of 5,000 rolls of laminated sacks (trapal) amounting to P6-M which were distributed not only in ComVal but also in the provinces of Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental.
DA 12 also distributed 4,000 bags of certified palay seeds worth P4.8-M and 800 bags of open-pollinated variety white corn seeds worth P800,000 to rice and corn farmers whose farms were heavily devastated by the typhoon.
Moreover, 298 cans of assorted vegetable seeds amounting to P1.5-M were also given to the victims for them to plant at their backyards as a fast and direct source of food later on.
Immediately responding to the needs of these victims, DA 12 on its first wave of assistance had distributed 1,800 packs of relief goods worth P480,000 for the typhoon victims.
Besides relief operations, DA 12 through its Task Force Alayon delivered free services for land preparation in Compostela Valley.
The task force brought with them eight units of four wheel-drive tractors used to cultivate upland and lowland farms to help farmers prepare their farms and begin replanting.
For this particular assistance DA 12 allotted P1 M for the allowances of tractor operators and fuel requirements of the tractors.
As of March 1, the task force has covered at least 607 hectares of farmlands.
At the exit conference of the task force in Nabunturan town, ComVal Gov. Arturo Uy thanked DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan and DA 12 for the support, saying the rehabilitation assistance extended by Region 12 has been a great help for farmers in the province to pull through the calamity and has reduced their production costs.
On her part, Amalia Jayag-Datukan, DA 12 Regional Executive Director said that agricultural aids sent to farmers in the typhoon-affected areas is only one of the effective ways in helping them to become productive again.
“Although we are from another region, we are one with the other regions in the objective to help those who are in need,” Datukan said. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/LMSalvo-PIA 12)