PGIN estimates agriculture, infrastructure damage from ‘Ineng’ now at P 2 B
Agriculture and infrastructure damage in Ilocos Norte has now climbed up to more than P 2 billion after Typhoon ‘Ineng’ ravaged the province over the weekend, latest report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMRC) showed.
Agriculture recorded an estimated P89 million worth of damage while infrastructure now stood at P1.9 billion.
On August 27, Governor Imee R. Marcos conducted an aerial inspection aboard a chopper to have a greater view of the extent of devastation in infrastructure and agriculture caused by Ineng in the eastern areas of the province.
Two choppers took off from Laoag International Airport going to Padsan River in Laoag, Madungan Dam, Barangays Barong and Elizabeth in Dingras as well as Surong Valley and Isik-Isik in Vintar.
“Clearly, hundreds of millions will be required to restore agriculture and infrastructure in the province,” said Governor Imee R. Marcos during a press conference.
Some 85 hectares of farm field in the province have been totally destroyed by Ineng with the rice sector sustaining the greatest damage at P71 million followed by high value crops at P6.4 million, corn at P4.5 million and fisheries at P4.8 million.
According to Ms. Norma Lagmay of Provincial Agriculture Office, an inventory of available seeds and sourcing out have been ordered by Governor Marcos to help Ilocano farmers recover faster.
“We have already prepositioned 3,150 hybrid and inbred seeds and the Department of Agriculture will provide an additional 1,500 seeds,” added Lagmay.
Livestock industry in the province has reported a P2.9 million worth of damage.
“Damage has now reached a billion and counting. The DPWH, NIA, provincial, municipal and barangay roads are completely scoured,” said Governor Marcos.
As Ilocos Norte has been suffering from a prolonged dry spell before Ineng hit the province, Mr. Edwin Cariño of the Millenium Development Goals (MDG) Office said that pond liners and other drought alleviation equipment were slightly damaged during the typhoon.
“The worst typhoons in the province come in during September and October. There is a complete rethinking right now because our dikes, spillways, water containment are damaged and our farmers are scared to plant right away,” said Governor Marcos.
Several interventions are now being mapped out for short-term and long-term recovery needs in agriculture.
Earlier, the provincial government has placed the entire Ilocos Norte under state of calamity. Governor Marcos has already sought for the assistance of the national government in terms of medicines, agriculture, relief operation and immediate attention to damage in the infrastructure brought about by Ineng.—John Michael Mugas, PGIN-CMO