The damage to agriculture and infrastructure caused by Super Typhoon “Rolly” has climbed to more than P11 billion, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Thursday.
As this developed, the Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), has alloted some P592.43 million indemnification fund for 32,761 Bicol farmers whose insured crops were damaged by Rolly.
In its update signed and released by Executive Director Ricardo Jalad, the NDRRMC placed the damage to infrastructure due to Rolly at P8.473 billion in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the National Capital Region (NCR).
Meanwhile, damage to agriculture was estimated at P2.936 billion and these were incurred in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Eastern Visayas.
Also, a total of 44,712 hectares of agricultural land was affected by the typhoon.
The NDRRMC also reported that 44,033 houses were damaged with 14,064 classified as “totally damaged” and 29,969 as “partially damaged”. These were reported in Mimaropa, Bicol and CAR.
The number of deaths now being validated remains at 20, with 165 reported injured and three missing in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Bicol.
AID TO BICOL FARMERS
Agriculture Secretary William Dar said P592.43 million allotted by the DA through the PCIC is part of the P680-million assistance to typhoon-affected farmers and fishermen in Bicol.
The PCIC-insured farmers and fishers in Bicol region will receive insurance claims, ranging from P10,000 to P15,000 for their damaged crops, farm equipment, fishing boats and gears.Affected farmers and fishers can also avail of an emergency and rehabilitation loan worth P25,000 from the DA’s Agricultural Credit and Policy Council (ACPC), under its Survival and Recovery (SURE) Loan Program. SOVEREIGNPH AND PNA