Eastern Samar’s Guiuan town prioritizes livelihood as efforts shift to rehabilitation

November 29, 2013 12:17 pm 

GUIUAN, Eastern Samar, Nov 29 — The municipality of Guiuan in Eastern Samar is prioritizing the provision of alternative livelihood to displaced residents as it reels off from the devastation caused by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Among the proposed alternatives are seaweed farming and poultry raising, according to Rectoto A. Melquiades, spokesperson of the municipal disaster risk reduction management center operations center.

Around 80 percent of the 47,087 population of Guiuan is dependent on fishing while 20 percent is into copra production.

Melquiades said that some 500 seaweed farmers have been affected but they are positive that the livelihood can be rebuilt. Damage in seaweed farming was initially pegged at P1.2 million.

Partial losses in the fishery sector have been placed at P375.7 million to already include seaweed farming; P162 million in motorboats; P4.4 million for non-motorized boats; P75,000 in fish cages/pen; P40,000, fish corals; P90,000 in gill nets; P1.1 million, fish port/trap; and P2 million for other fish aggregating device.

In livestock, the damage was initially reported at P42.67 million to cover P20 million in swine; P5.76 million for cattle; P1.584 for poultry; P750,000, goats and P750,000 for carabao.

The damage in crops was at P27.68 million affecting some 5,150 farmers. (PNA)

LAM/PGLENA AND PFNEPOMUCENO/EGR

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