PHILIPPINES: Monday, the Department of Agriculture reported that initial damaged in agriculture amounted to P40,862,374 due to typhoon Ineng.
- Of P40.86 million production loss due to the typhoon, the biggest loss in production value was in high value crops from CAR at P24,008,783.
- This is the value of the 908 metric tons of high value crops damaged by typhoon Ineng.
DA Undersecretary for Operations Emerson Palad said, a total of 1,549 hectares of farmlands with estimated production loss of 2,395 metric tons (MT) were affected by the typhoon in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Palad said, in terms of commodities, mostly affected were high-value crops amounting to P24 million, followed by corn – P16.45 million, and rice – P396,948. In Region 1, he said around 460 hectares of rice farms were reported partially damaged in Ilocos Norte province. In its latest update, the agency pegged damaged in agriculture reached P44,200,856 on Monday.
Last August 22, Provincial Government said, Ilocos Norte has been put under the state of calamity due to Typhoon Ineng. DA personnel are still conducting field validation on the reported damages. Officials said that there is no shortage of commodities in the market, especially on vegetables despite damaged in agriculture reported.
“There won’t be a shortage of commodities, it’s more on the difficulty in transporting these products to Metro Manila due to landslides,” said Palad. Earlier reports stated that prices of vegetables in public markets in Metro Manila have jacked up due to its scarcity.
Palad appealed to traders not to take advantage of the typhoon to raise prices. The agency will be monitoring markets to observe any suspicious fluctuation of prices given that the typhoon is already outside the country.
The government has given P3.18 million worth of relief goods to affected families in the said regions, with the Department of Social Welfare and Development giving P2.8 million in assistance.
The PAGASA started issuing advisories on Ineng (Goni) as it entered the Philippine area of Responsibility on August 18. On August 19, PAGASA issued Public Storm Signal #1 and 2 over Batanes and Isabela. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council was placed on blue alert in preparation for the typhoon. PSWS #3 further raised in those same places on August 20. In nearly the same time, NDRRMC raised from Blue to Red Alert in their area (Under Red Alert status, the NDRRMC continuously monitors and disseminates weather advisories, 24-hour public weather forecasts, gale warnings, and general flood advisories to all regional DRRMCs (RDRRMCs) and Office of Civil Defense regional centers (OCDRCs)). According to the situation report, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has also prepositioned a total of PHP 47,551,086.98 standby funds, 369,199 food packs, and PHP 247,772,538.48 worth of food and non-food items, beginning on August 14, to be utilized in the aftermath of Typhoon Ineng.
According to the NDRRMC, a total of 26 people are reported dead so far as of August 24, and total damages from both infrastructure and agriculture were amounted to P456.8 million ($9.8 million USD).IMAGE/AP/Aaron Favila