Damage to agriculture due to TS ‘Falcon’, monsoon rains hit P4-M

Marje Pelayo   •   July 18, 2019   •   686

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MANILA, Philippines — Tropical storm ‘Falcon’ accompanied by the strength of the southwest monsoon has so far left P4.15-M worth of damage to the country’s agriculture.

This is based on the initial reports received by the Department of Agriculture (DA) from local offices in the strom-affected areas.

The amount translates to more than six hectares of farmland and 433 affected farmers specifically in San Enrique, Negros Occidental.

Data source was DA’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center. — with reports from Rey Pelayo

Damage to agriculture due to Taal eruption hits P3-B

Marje Pelayo   •   January 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Over P3-B worth of agricultural products have been damaged on the first week of Taal volcano’s eruption, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

So far, the eruption has affected 15, 790 hectares of land and a total of 1,923 animal heads with an overall estimated value of P3.06 billion, a big leap from the previous report of P577-M.

The latest report incorporated additional damage in Laguna and updated reports from Batangas and Cavite which include high-value crops that were destroyed namely coffee, cacao, pineapple, assorted fruits and vegetables, rice, coconut, as well as the provinces’ fisheries.

The DA’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resuorces (BFAR) and Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), however, is continuously assessing the affected areas for the impact of volcanic activities on marine life in Taal Lake and animals in the volcano region.

Based on the latest report, tilapia and bangus (milkfish) culture incurred losses of up to P1.6 billion worth; making fisheries the most affected commodity in terms of damage and losses.

PH to have cooler days ahead due to ‘amihan’ – PAGASA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 7, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Cooler weather brought about by the northeast monsoon or amihan will soon prevail in the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) said Monday.   

PAGASA said that based on recent observations and analyses, the general wind pattern has shifted from southwesterly to easterly.

“This signifies that the southwest monsoon season has officially ended,” PAGASA administrator Vicente Malano said in a statement.

He said the strengthening of high-pressure systems over the Asian continent has led to the weakening of southwest monsoon or habagat and the gradual changing of the season.

“With these developments, the climate of the Philippines is on (the) transition to the northeast monsoon Amihan season in the coming days,” Malano said.

PAGASA explained that during the transition, localized thunderstorms may still be experienced in the whole country in the afternoon and evening.

The state weather bureau is also monitoring Typhoon Hagibis, which is still outside the Philippine area of responsibility.

As of 4 p.m. weather bulletin, it was last spotted 2,630 kilometers east of Southern Luzon, packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph.

It may enter PAR by Friday if it continues to move in a west-northwest direction at a speed of 25 kph.

Southwest monsoon to bring cloudy skies with intermittent rains over Luzon, Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical depression ‘Nimfa’ maintains strength while moving almost stationary, according to state weather service PAGASA.

At 3:00 AM on Wednesday (September 18), the center of the weather system was located at 670 km East of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

Meanwhile, PAGASA is also monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) which was observed in the vicinity San Jose, Tarlac.

According to PAGASA, monsoon rains ranging from frequent light to moderate with occasional heavy rain showers will prevail over Central Luzon, Batangas, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro, and northern portions of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands throughout Wednesday due to the combined effects of the southwest monsoon (habagat) and the LPA.

Likewise, habagat will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, CALABARZON and the rest of MIMAROPA.

The trough of the tropical depression will also bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region.

Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will be experienced in Mindanao and the rest of Visayas due to localized thunderstorms.

 Residents of the aforementioned areas are advised to take precautionary measures for possible flashfloods and landslides.

Sea travels is discouraged especially for small sea vessels over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon due to potentially rough to very rough sea conditions.

Meanwhile, most of the other seaboards of the country will remain moderate to rough.

As of this writing, there is no Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) raised in any parts of the country, according to PAGASA.

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