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PIA Press Release
2009/10/12

Cagayan gov seeks funds for massive rehab on agriculture

Tuguegarao City (12 October) -- Cagayan province is one among recognized rice granary of the Philippines, but due to typhoon "Pepeng", the Cagayano farmers incurred P1.8 billion worth of production losses in terms of agriculture.

Governor Alvaro Antonio said the province is almost done in the conduct of relief and rescue operations but is facing great challenge in the rehabilitation of damaged livelihood of the people.

He said he is not anymore pleading for relief goods for the families affected but instead he will look for funds to be utilized in the rehabilitation aspect.

"I will ask different officials and funding institutions, even international funding institutions to help us in the rehabilitation aspect because this is the hardest part of the calamity," Antonio said.

He said the provincial government has committed 20 million pesos for the rehabilitation of devastated farms due to the typhoon and also some for infrastructure projects which were destroyed.

However, he said that the amount is not enough to bring back the livelihood of the people and to bring their lives back into normal situation.

He is now eyeing Cong. Sally Enrile of the 1st District of Cagayan and Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile to augment the needed financial requirements for the immediate implementation of the rehab plan.

Antonio also clarified that in the seed subsidy, they will prioritize farmers who are tilling 2 hectares and below of rice fields explaining that those who are farming more than 2 hectares can stand on their own. (Oliver B./PIA 2) [top]

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