DA gathers governors to fast-track Ompong rehab
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is set to meet today as much as 20 governors of areas affected by the destructive Typhoon Ompong to carry a masterplan in the rehabilitation and recovery of the damaged agriculture and fisheries facilities of several provinces.
The meeting, which will be held after lunch in the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Central Office in Quezon City, will also include the provincial agriculturists and planning officers.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), headed by Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, is also expected to attend the half-day meeting which starts after lunch.
Meanwhile, the National Food Authority (NFA), Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC), Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), and National Irrigation Administration (NIA) will participate in the crafting of the masterplan.
The planning will include projections on the food requirements of the typhoon-affected areas, especially rice, so that the NFA could allocate the needed supply until the next harvest season.
“I will personally preside over the meeting where we expect the Governors to present the actual damage report in their provinces, including the list of needed interventions so that their provinces could immediately recover from the devastation,” Piñol said.