Typhoon Ompong’s damage to agri sector reaches P27B
It may not be the deadliest but Typhoon Ompong is certainly the most destructive typhoon to hit the country in years as far as the agriculture sector is concerned.
Incurring damage worth P27 billion to farm sector, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Typhoon Ompong is officially the most destructive to the sector since 2013.
In 2013, Typhoon Yolanda caused P35 billion worth of damages to the agriculture sector.
Based on a data provided by Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC), rice recorded the largest damage worth P14.5 billion, affecting a total of 765,000 metric tons (MT) of production.
Yesterday, Piñol met with 20 governors of provinces affected by the destructive Typhoon Ompong.
During the meeting, they all agreed to create a masterplan that will create strategies and plan how to rehabilitate and revive the agriculture and fisheries sector of the areas that were hardest hit by the typhoon.