VIRAC, CATANDUANES – The Department of Agriculture-Bicol awarded a P50 million-worth cheque to the Provincial Local Government Unit of Catanduanes for the rehabilitation of its typhoon-damaged abaca areas. DA-Bicol Regional Executive Director Dr. Elena B. de los Santos personally turned over the cheque to Catanduanes Governor Joseph C. Cua during the Project Briefing and Launching of the Rehabilitation of Typhoon-Damaged Abaca Areas in Catanduanes held in this province on February 8, 2018.
Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) Executive Director Kennedy Costales, PhilFIDA Region V OIC-Regional Director Mary Anne R. Molina, Congressional Representative Cesar V. Sarmiento, represented by Rudy M. Rojas Jr. and Virac Mayor Sammy V. Laynes, represented by Sangguniang Bayan Member Amador V. Abichuela attended the activity. Local chief executives of the municipalities covered by the Project including Caramoran Mayor Agnes B, Popa, San Miguel Mayor Francisco Camano, Pandan Mayor Raul Tabirara, Pangasinan Mayor Robert Fernandez, Baras Mayor Chito S. Chi were present during the Project launch and briefing. PhilFIDA-supported abaca farmers also attended the event.
The P50 million-worth Cash for Work program aims to rebuild the source of livelihood of 13,529 abaca farmers affected by Typhoon Nina and to plant or rehabilitate 15,034.06 hectares of abaca damaged by Typhoon Nina. Among the priority areas for validation are the abaca farmers who participated in the PhilFIDA-monitored, farmer-initiated Abaca Rehabilitation/Replanting Activity in 2017, disease-free abaca farms, canton areas and disease-infected abaca areas. The
The Project Briefing and Launching of the Rehabilitation of Typhoon-Damaged Abaca Areas in Catanduanes was capped with the Ceremonial Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement of the project stakeholders.
VIRAC, CATANDUANES – Abaca farmer Ma. Concepcion F. Templonuevo, 48, of Brgy. Carorian, Bato, Catanduanes and her husband, were devastated after Typhoon Nina made its landfall in their municipality on December 25, 2016. Who wouldn’t? From earning about P5,000 weekly by selling dried abaca for P64 per kilo, suddenly, they lost their makeshift house as well as their abaca farm—their only source of livelihood.
“Hopeless na kami nung una (At first, we’re almost hopeless),” Templonuevo said. But they decided to pick themselves up and rebuild from what was left. A mother of six, she helped her husband dry the remaining abaca fiber and intensified her cost-cutting measures to make both ends meet.
However, after six months, there was no more abaca left in their farm. They had to replant but it will still take two to three years to recover. Also a skilled worker, her husband engaged in carpentry and other hard labor to provide for their family’s needs but his efforts were to no avail. So by the end of 2017, the head of the family made a decision: Leave Catanduanes to work as construction worker in Metro Manila.
“Bakwit” Farmers from Tabaco City receive assistance from DA-Bicol through new technology, farm inputs
SAN VICENTE, Tabaco City--- “This is an opportunity during a calamity, so grab and utilize it!”
This was the encouraging message of Tabaco City Councilor and Agriculture Committee Chair Hector Rodriguez to the 50 farmer-evacuees who were selected by the City Agriculture Office (CAO) to participate in the Training on Vegetable Production in Protective Culture held on February 13, 2018 at the CAO here.
According to DA-Bicol High Value Crops Development Program Report Officer Ronald Coprada, this one-day training is an opportunity for the farmers to sustain their economic activity despite being in evacuation centers. Since PhiVolcs said that the eruption might last for three months, the farmers can hope that they will have a harvest by the end of the third month.
Moreover, DA-Bicol will assist in the market of their produce.
SAN JOSE, MALILIPOT, ALBAY---“Iyo, kaya mi (Yes, we can)!”
This was the response of the 60 farmer-participants from barangays Calbayog and San Roque in Malilipot and Sta. Misericordia in Sto. Domingo when asked if they are willing to implement the Technology in Vegetable Production in Protective Culture in the identified sites of their local government units for three months.
The Department of Agriculture-Bicol conducted the sixth in a series of trainings on Vegetable Production In Protective Culture and Distribution of Agri-Inputs to Farmers affected by Mayon Volcano Eruption on February 12, 2018 here.
Sto. Domingo Officer-in-Charge of the Municipal Agriculturist Office Larry B. Balilo said that the site for the affected farmers in their locality will be in Purok 7 of Sta. Misericordia. They will start the land preparation on February 22, 2018.
Malilipot Agricultural Technician Priscilla Landingin said that the tunnel-type greenhouses of the affected farmers in the municipality will be in Sitio Datag, of this town. They will start the land preparation on February 23, 2018.