DA provides assistance to typhoon stricken areas in Tarlac
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has distributed calamity assistance to typhoon stricken areas in Tarlac, which was one of the provinces in Central Luzon severely affected by Tropical Storm Henry, Severe Tropical Storm Inday, and Tropical Depression Josie.
Composed of 17 municipalities, Tarlac province suffered total agricultural loss amounting to P445.8 million, with 34.44 percent or 22,999 hectares of production areas damaged.
As part of the immediate response of the national government, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol guaranteed the availability and immediate dispersal of rice, seeds, and other planting materials to affected farmers.
He added that the DA is ready to provide financial assistance under its credit programs such as the Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) and Survival and Recovery Assistance Program (SURE).
Under PLEA, farmers can avail of up to P50,000 loan with 6 percent interest per annum.
SURE, on the other hand, provides up to P10,000 grant and up to P25,000 loan per borrower with zero interest payable up to three years.
Piñol also announced the availability of the Quick Response Fund amounting to P729 million for major repairs of the damaged facilities provided that the province has declared a state of calamity.