Gov asks for additional budget for agri in Pangasinan

October 28, 2015 5:37 am 

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Oct. 27 — Considering the Php 3 billion worth of damages exacted by typhoon "Lando" to the province, particularly to the agricultural sector, Governor Amado Espino Jr. requested realignment of next year's budget to provide additional funds to help farmers recoup their losses.

"I requested from our board members that the regular funds for agriculture be increased," said Espino.

He said the increase which may be about P50-60 million will aid the farmers not only to recover from the typhoon's damage but also from the expected effect of El Nino.

The additional fund will be used to provide farm inputs like seeds and fertilizer and irrigation.

As of October 26, reported damage to agriculture has reached P2.3 million with other farm areas still being assessed.

In the meantime, the provincial government, with its calamity fund, is helping the farmers and other typhoon-affected constituents through rehabilitation projects.

On October 26-27, a team from the Office of the Civil Defense Region 1, with concerned agencies like the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, conducted a Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment in the province.

Pangasinan was placed under State of Calamity due to typhoon Lando's damages to many towns of the province including the death of 12 persons.

As of October 26, there are no more evacuees in the evacuation centers. (PNA)

LAP/LVM/JOHANNE MARGARETTE R. MACOB/RMA

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