Top officials bring aid to islands

SENATOR Cynthia Villar and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala will visit Camotes Island today to distribute assistance to farmers and fisherfolks affected by typhoon Yolanda on Nov. 8 last year.

About 500 farmers and fisherfolks are expected to receive assistance in the four towns of Camotes Island, namely, San Francisco, Poro, Tudela and Pilar. They were all badly hit by the super-typhoon.

From the Mactan Cebu International Airport, Villar and Alcala will travel on a private chopper to San Francisco, Camotes.

Roughly 100 farmers and fisherfolks will gather in Barangay Sunog, San Francisco and will be given materials for livelihood.

The next stop will be in Poro, Camotes, where an estimated 300 beneficiaries will be waiting.

A forum with Villar and Alcala will be held at the covered court.

From Poro, they will proceed to Tudela.

In an interview, Tudela Mayor Erwin Yu said that officials from the Department of Agriculture (DA) will give cows and goats through a raffle.

Yu said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will distribute additional 25 motorized bancas today.

The town was initially given 17 motor bancas.

The Philippine Coconut Authority will also give 200 bags of fertilizer for the coconuts.

The mayor said the DA will distribute vegetable seedlings.

Tudela Municipal Agriculturist Vicky Nocellas said the crops damage reached P43 million and bancas at P800,000.

On the way to Pilar, a separate islet town of Camotes, Villar and Alcala will travel once again via chopper.

The officials will be in Barangay Biasong.

Capitol’s Task Force Paglig-on has submitted the updated rehabilitation and reconstruction program to the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery and to the Office of the President.

The Province will need P10.5 billion for the rehabilitation of the 16 LGU’s hit by typhoon Yolanda.

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