DA seeks P300 million more for Pablo-hit areas-A A +A
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) in Davao Region has proposed for an addition P300 million for the rehabilitation of farmlands devastated by Typhoon Pablo.
"The proposal we submitted to President Benigno S. Aquino III during the first cabinet meeting included four clusters -- livelihood, infrastructure, social, and resettlement -- and we proposed a budget of P39 billion but there were comments from the President saying that it seems like we have a lot of wish list. During the third cabinet meeting it went down to P11 billion," DA-Davao Region director Remelyn R. Recoter said in Monday's edition of Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao Annex.
She said that of the proposed budget, some P300 million has been allotted for the agricultural sector in the region.
Recoter said they are pushing for the immediate approval of the proposed budget as they have already identified affected areas that need immediate rehabilitation.
She said the proposal was supposed to be discussed for approval on the fourth cabinet meeting last September 20 but was delayed due to the Zamboanga crisis.
They have taken initial interventions, including the practice of intercropping, to assist farmers whose crops were affected by the typhoon.
"We are recommending them alternative crops for intercropping like coffee, corn, and cacao," said Recoter. She added that they have proposed chili to be used for intercropping because of its potential in the export market.
She said that they also have an initial fund of P300 million from the quick response fund of DA, a portion of which has already been distributed to beneficiaries in some affected areas.
Recoter said They are hoping that the proposed budget will be approved on the fourth cabinet in the fourth quarter.
"Should the budget be released then we will start with our procurement process," said Recoter.
For 2013, some P1.6 billion budget has been allotted for the Davao Region. Of this, 55 percent is allotted for agricultural infrastructure projects while 45 percent is allocated for banner programs on rice, corn, high value livestock, organic agriculture, and farm machineries.
Typhoon Pablo caused a total of P42.2 billion in damages and is the costliest typhoon that struck the country.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 24, 2013.