Pres. Duterte pledges P500-million for Bicol Agriculture and Fisheries Rehabilitation Program just two days after Bagyong Nina wrought havoc in the region. The President visited two of te most devastated provinces in the Bicol Region – Catanduanes and Camarines Sur and committed P500-million for agriculture and fisheries.
Joining the 71-year-old President from Davao City on their way to Virac, Catanduanes were Cabinet Secretaries namely Agriculture Sec. Manny Pinol, DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo, Energy Sec. Alfonso Cusi, Education Sec. Ma. Leonor Briones and Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana.
According to DA Sec. Manny Pinol an estimated 85% of the
standing Abaca of Catanduanes where heavily damaged. There were also around 21,000 hectares of damaged rice farms in the areas devastated by Bagyong Nina. The estimated total damage to agriculture and fisheries alone could reach P3-Billion.
Here’s the Complete Report of Sec. Manny Piñol:
PRES. DUTERTE PLEDGES P500-M
FOR BICOL AGRI, FISHERIES REHAB
By Manny Piñol
Pili, Camarines Sur – Just as soon as Christmas Day typhoon Nina left
the Philippine territory and even before local residents could clear the
streets of fallen trees and blown roofs, President Rody Duterte flew to
two of the most devastated provinces in the Bicol Region – Catanduanes
and Camarines Sur – and vowed immediate rehabilitation efforts with an
initial commitment of P500-million for agriculture and fisheries.
The President arrived in Virac, Catanduanes at past 2 p.m. straight
from Davao City and was joined by five Cabinet secretaries –
Agriculture, Social Welfare, Energy, Education and Defense – and several
undersecretaries in a short ceremony in the provincial capitol of
Catanduanes in Virac town.
In Virac, President Duterte approved
the allocation by the Dept. of Agriculture of P55-M for the immediate
rehabilitation of the Abaca industry of Catanduanes, the release of rice
seeds and fertilisers for about 5,000 hectares and the repair of
Typhoon Nina damaged 85% of the
standing Abaca of Catanduanes which at 33,000 hectares is the biggest
single producer of the natural fibre in the world today.
Virac, President Duterte flew by helicopter to Pili, Camarines Sur where
local officials led by Governor Miguel Villafuerte met him at the
provincial capitol for a short ceremony.
The President initially
committed P50-M in rehabilitation funds and seeds and fertilisers for
the estimated 21,000 hectares of damaged rice farms.
his speech, when I showed him the updated report which was submitted to
me while he was already speaking which indicated that the damage to
agriculture and fisheries alone could reach P3-B, President Duterte said
he was increasing his commitment to P500-M.
Of the amount,
P300-M will come from the President’s funds while the remaining P200-M
will be sourced from the funds of the Dept. of Agriculture.
hope you could recover your bearing,” the President told the crowd which
gathered in front of the Camarines Sur Provincial Capitol even as he
urged local officials to be conscious of the threats of climate change.
The President suggested that since the Bicol Region faces threats of
typhoons being the country’s first window facing the Pacific Ocean,
people must learn to adapt.
He suggested that houses must have
sturdy designs to withstand strong winds adding that “This is a reality
which we must accept.”
“Do not despair. Government will help. Life must go on. Recover your bearings,” he told the crowd.
The President flew back to Davao City just before dark while the
members of the Cabinet took an Air Force plane back to Metro Manila.
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