Ompong damage to crops, livestock reaches P26.7 billion: DA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 24 2018 04:31 PM | Updated as of Sep 24 2018 05:22 PM

The destruction of Typhoon Ompong killed crops, mostly corn, at the municipality of Baggao after it pummelled through northern Luzon on September 15, 2018. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The total damage of typhoon Ompong to crops and livestock has reached P26.7 billion, smashing initial forecasts, according to the latest data of the Department of Agriculture (DA) released Monday. 

This is the second highest damage by a typhoon, next to Yolanda (super typhoon Haiyan) in 2013 with P35 billion, Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said. 

The P26.7 billion total damage is broken down as follows: 

  • P14.5 billion for rice crops
  • P8.1 billion for corn 
  • P3.4 million on high-value crops
  • P79 million for fruit trees 
  • P45 million for livestock 
  • P2 million for fisheries
  • P528 million for irrigation facilities, machineries and other equipment. 

"What would be the total, in reports from the provinces, would be the total rehab requirements," Piñol said in a press briefing.

Piñol said they have funds for rehabilitation but hinted these might not be enough since the only available funds so far are the quick-reaction fund (QRF) of P600 million, crop insurance of P1.6 billion, and the emergency loan program of P880 million.

There are also available, but limited, buffer stocks for rice and corn, and crop seeds for intervention, he said. 

Ompong, the strongest typhoon to hit this year, left many residents in northern Philippines homeless and without livelihood. It also triggered landslides in the mining village of Itogon, Benguet, killing dozens.

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