Isabela disaster body posts P57-M damage on agriculture due to 'Pepeng'

October 16, 2009 9:48 am 

By Merlito Edale, Jr.

ILAGAN, Isabela, Oct. 16 – The Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) has initially assessed the damage caused by typhoon "Pepeng" that recently hit the region.

The PDCC posted a total of 57 million pesos damages on rice and corn crops, livestock and high value crops that were mostly to be harvested.

The damages are recorded from northern Isabela towns and some are from the other three district towns of Isabela particularly in low-lying areas.

There were 11,000 hectares of palay affected with a total 7,630 of rice farmers and 637 hectares of corn land affected with a total of 370 corn farmers.

The PDCC has also recorded a big loss on high value-crops (vegetable crops) with 107 hectares affected and 40 vegetable farmers.

Twenty hectares of banana plantations were also destroyed and there were 292 fishponds devastated by typhoon "Pepeng".

The provincial government is still assessing the extent of damage as of press time and the initial report is expected to increase as there are still areas that were not reached and assessed like the coastal towns of Palanan, Maconacon, Divilacan and Dinapigue where the typhoon crossed last Saturday.

Meanwhile, the PDCC reported that there were also damages on infrastructure. The PDCC posted damages on provincial roads in various parts of the province with a total worth of P2.3 million and P2.5 million damages on bridges.

The PDCC is optimistic that the damages wrought by typhoon "Pepeng" will be given priority by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) through the province's recommendations to restore the infrastructure projects which are very important element for Isabela to boost economic activity. (PNA) LAP/SCD/ME/mba

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