THE recent monsoon rains that lashed Metro Manila and Luzon damaged crops and fishing facilities in Central Luzon worth at least P256.91 million.
The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said the agriculture sector took P256.89 million in losses, while damage to facilities used for fishing was initially reported at P11,000.
Agricultural losses covered rice, corn, high-value crops, fish and livestock in the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.
The rice sector took the biggest hit with losses running into P135.85 million, followed by the fishery sector with P100.28 million; corn, P12.15 million; high-value crops, P8.05 million; and livestock, P500,875.
Pampanga, the hardest hit province, reported damage to agriculture at P104.86 million and the fishery sector, P88.43 million. Its rice sector sustained P15.59 million in losses; corn, P739,050; and high-value crops, P96,200.
In Tarlac, damage to the agriculture sector was P62.37 million, with the rice sector suffering the most with P57 million in losses.
Bulacan’s farming sector lost P41.45 million, while Zambales reported agricultural and fishery losses at P3.78 million.
Although the province of Aurora was not directly affected by the monsoon rains, its corn sector also suffered losses valued at P5.41 million.
Several days of nonstop monsoon rains destroyed 12 houses and partially damaged 7 in Luzon.