The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday launched its rehabilitation blueprint for the agri-fishery sector in Bicol region, starting with the distribution of P6-million initial assistance to affected farmers and fisherfolk in Sorsogon province.
Dubbed as the “Bicol Rehabilitation Assistance for Glenda,” Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said that the rebuilding plan entails the provision of production support to agri-fishery stakeholders in Bicol’s six provinces so that they could replant or resume fishing at the soonest possible time.
“Less than two weeks after Glenda struck the country, the department has already laid down initial support and assistance to our farmers, which composed of various machineries, fishing boats and gears, replacement seeds of rice and corn and other planting materials, and new stocks of animals,” Alcala said.
For Sorsogon, the first batch of assistance included the following: five units of handtractors; various garden tools; 10 units of motorized bancas; 1,000 bags of palay seeds; 200 bags of OPV and hybrid corn seeds; nearly 8,000 sachets of assorted vegetables; three (3) modules of goats and sheep; 8,000 pieces of pili nut seedlings; and eight heads of carabao with implements.
Two trucks full of vegetables from Benguet such as potatoes, carrots, sayote and cabbage were also delivered to barangay food terminals and other accredited outlets across the province as part of DA’s market infusion initiative to help maintain sufficient and affordable supply of basic food items locally.
In addition, Alcala instructed Director Abelardo Bragas of DA Regional Field Unit 5 to coordinate with the mayors of affected municipalities in Sorsogon for his commitment of additional bags of rice and corn seeds.