December 15, 2014
Although the Bicol region was not directly hit by typhoon Ruby, still, it incurred damages and losses specially in agriculture and fisheries. As of December 12, the aggregate total of production loss is estimated at Ps1.18B with a total of 58,755 farmers affected. Agriculture sustained the most damage at Ps1.15B or 97%.5 and fisheries at Ps.03B or 2.5% as reported by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Rice incurred the most losses at Ps725.4M or 63%, followed by high value crops with Ps 298.2M or 26%. Corn, livestock and cassava had lesser damages at an aggregate total Ps.82M or 7%. A week after the typhoon exited the region still some farmlands in Albay and Camarines Sur especially those within the basin areas are still flooded, as such the chance of recovery of some of the rice crops may be reduced.