DA to visit 4 provinces in 2 days
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will visit four provinces in two days, starting today, following a directive by President Rody Duterte to deliver assistance to farmers and fishermen affected by Typhoon Vinta.
“The two-day sortie begins this morning in Ditsaan-Marain in Lanao del Sur where the BFAR, headed by Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona, will turn over to Lake Lanao fisher folks 160 fiberglass fishing boats,” Piñol said.
He said the DA-ARMM is also scheduled to seed Lake Lanao with an initial 2-million Tilapia fingerlings.
“A start-up capital of P2,500 will also be given by DAF-ARMM under Regional Secretary Alexander Alonto to each family which will get a fiberglass fishing boat,” Piñol said.
Seeds, fertilizers and initial insurance payments for crops destroyed by the typhoon will also be released.
Tomorrow morning, the team will be in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur for another face-to-face caucus with farmers of Salog Valley.
“In the afternoon, the team will fly to the town of Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte for another caucus with local leaders, farmers and fishermen. Sibuco town Mayor Bong Edding reported heavy casualties in his town due to flash floods,” Piñol said.
Piñol explained the schedule of engagements for two days starting today was agreed upon during a meeting with the Regional Directors of DA and BFAR, along with BFAR Undersecretary Gongona, on January 2 in Davao City.