BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: Farmers affected by typhoon in Cagayan Valley (Region 2) will receive more than P2 billion worth of project assistance from the Department of Agriculture (DA), according to Secretary William Dar.
He said the assistance would be distributed to Cagayan Valley’s four inland provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino, whose constituents were affected by recent typhoons, the latest of which was Typhoon “Ulysses,” which caused the “worst” flooding in Cagayan since 1972.
“The assistance includes inbred and hybrid rice seeds, fertilizer, hybrid corn and assorted vegetable seeds, seedling trays, soilless/potting media, poultry, goat and duck (Itik Pinas) livelihood program and food and cash assistance,” Dar said in his report to President Rodrigo Duterte who visited Cagayan province on Sunday.
Dar told the President that these interventions will be distributed to the beneficiaries in time with the start of dry season planting in coordination with local government units.
In addition to the assistance, Dar said the National Food Authority (NFA) has also committed to provide P41 million worth of 18,500 bags of well-milled rice for Isabela and 14,500 bags for Cagayan.
In Tuguegarao City, Duterte signaled Dar to immediately implement all the assistance coming from the DA and NFA.
Dar said a certificate of award for the P846 million worth of project assistance was already turned over to Gov. Manuel Mamba Isabela’s P986 million, Nueva Vizcaya with P148 million and Quirino with P96 million.