BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Sept. 26 (PIA) – Provincial officials here have declared the province under the state of calamity because of the huge damages to infrastructure and agriculture brought by Typhoon ‘Ompong’.
Vice Governor Lambert Galima,Jr. said the calamity resulted in damages worth almost P1 Billion, adding that the agriculture sector suffered the biggest loss.
Typhoon ‘Ompong’ also claimed the lives of four individuals when a family in an upland barangay of Banao in Kayapa town was buried due to landslide.
“We declare the province under the state of calamity so that we can utilize our calamity fund to provide immediate assistance to victims, especially farmers that were hit the hardest by the typhoon” he said.
Galima said that 60 percent of the province’s population are upland and lowland farmers who are dependent on rice, corn, vegetable and fruit production.
He said the P29 million calamity fund is not even enough to repair various infrastructures such as roads, bridges and irrigation systems, that were damged by the typhoon.
“Aside from rehabilitation, we need to upgrade damaged infrastructures so that it can withstand similar strength of typhoon in the future. We really need the help of the national government while we also source out more funds to augment our meagre calamity fund,” Galima added.(MDCT/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)
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