3 years post-Yolanda, still no rehabilitation for farmers
About three years following the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda in the Eastern Visayas (EV) region, the fishery and agriculture sectors have yet to recover and obtain rehabilitation projects that will provide livelihood sources for the survivors, Bulatlat reported.
The rehabilitation projects and measures taken by the government mainly concentrate on infrastructure, Nestor Lebico Sr., secretary general of the Alliance of Peasants in EV, told Bulatlat in an interview.
“If there were projects for our sector such as distribution of seeds and livestocks, the beneficiaries are few, some of them are not really farmers,” he said in the report.
Fishermen and coconut farmers are among the victims who were seriously affected by Yolanda in 2013, with total losses amounting to P17.9 billion in coconut, and P3.2 billion in rice productions, earlier news reports said. The impact of the devastation is worse on agricultural farmers, who are also tagged as the most vulnerable with 60% living in poverty.
“In ending poverty, there should be a genuine agrarian reform program that will distribute lands for free, and services that are needed by the peasant sector such as education,” he added.