CAMARINES SUR, Philippines – The onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy has left more than P257-million worth of damage in agriculture in the province.
This has prompted the provincial government of Camarines Sur to place the province under a state of calamity.
According to the assessment of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), a total of 9,382 farmers suffered huge losses or considered economically displaced due to the typhoon.
Meanwhile, about 9,259.56 hectares of palay were also damaged.
Gil Dialiano Jr. was among those affected farmers who lament over their loss after the typhoon submerged their entire farmland.
This added to the burden of slumping prices of rice in the market, he said.
“Umani nga pero lugi naman dahil mura ang palay,” he said.
“Inabot ng baha kaya luging lugi talaga,” he added.
Overall, Typhoon Tisoy left more than P257-million worth of damage to the province’s agriculture.
“Ang dahilan po nito, ang damages po ng Camarines Sur na na-incur pagdating sa flooding, pagdating po sa damage houses, pagdating sa agriculture most especially” noted PDRRMC-CamSur Spokesperson Estel Estropia.
Similarly, the provincial government of Quezon also declared a state of calamity following the typhoon.
Such a declaration will allow local governments to utilize their respective calamity funds for the rehabilitation of the affected places.
Based on initial assessment, damage to agriculture in the entire province of Quezon has hit more than a billion pesos worth in the aftermath of the typhoon.
“Ang mga nasa vegetative stage, flowering stage at ang iba naman ay harvesting stage na ay dumapa at naapektuhan,” noted Quezon Province provincial administrator Roberto Gajo.
So far, authorities are still completing the damage assessment in infrastructures in the province.
Quezon province recorded two casualties from the onset of Typhoon Tisoy. – MNP (with inputs from Nel Maribojoc / Japhet Cablaida)
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture Senator Sherwin ‘Win’ Gatchalian has called for stricter monitoring in schools after reports of students allegedly using illegal drug alternatives such as “magic mushroom”.
In a statement, Gatchalian said that it is alarming to hear reports about high school students using psychedelic mushrooms or ‘magic mushrooms’ commonly found in rural areas as a form of illegal drugs substitute.
Department of Education (Deped) Secretary Leonor Briones said that several high school students were hospitalized after using the said illegal drug substitute.
Gatchalian also said that this incident needs to be investigated further in order to come up with a solution for the safety of the students in the country.
“Marami rin tayong dapat malaman. Gaano na karami ang naiulat na ganitong uri ng insidente? Paano natuklasan ito ng mga mag-aaral? Saan ito laganap? At ano-ano ang naging mga epekto nito sa ating mag-aaral? (We also have a lot to be learned. How many similar incidents were reported? How did students discover it [magic mushrooms]? Where is it rampant? What are its effects on our students?), ” he said.—AAC
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