More than a month has passed since Typhoon Ulysses wreaked havoc in the main islands of Luzon not only to the homes and livelihoods but even to the lives of many people. One of the heavily-affected areas is the Cagayan province which is considered by the local authorities as the worst happening in the province in four decades, accordingly.
To ‘lend a hand’ to the Cagayanos, the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera (DA-CAR) launched its relief initiative within the agency by soliciting in cash or in-kind donations which the staff have positively responded to.
On December 15, 2020, the DA-CAR through its General Services Office delivered and coursed through the relief assistance for Cagayan to the DA-Regional Field Office (RFO) 2 in Tuguegarao, Cagayan. The agency turned –over a total of Php6, 370.00 cash; 262 pieces of new blankets worth Php30, 884.00; 31 assorted sizes of bags containing clean second-hand clothings; another 3 boxes of clean second-hand clothings from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-CAR; and 120 sacks of rice at 50 kilograms per sack. The rice assistance was pulled out from the buffer stock of the agency intended for calamities or disasters.
The rice sacks were delivered to DA-RFO2 through the agency personnel from the Regional Outreach Station in Luna, Apayao where the rice stocks are being stored.
Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Dir. Rose Mary Aquino together with Finance and Administrative Division Chief Mr. Jaime Pagaliulauan personally received the relief assistance. Dir. Aquino shared that it is already about two weeks since the agency is receiving reliefs and repacking it for distribution to heavily-affected areas not only in Cagayan but also in the nearby province of Isabela.
They are considering to utilize the cash donations to buy planting materials such as seeds or seedlings specifically for the farmers who are in dire need of readily available and short-term planting materials that they can plant and harvest in a shorter period of time.
On behalf of DA-Region2, Dir. Aquino extends their gratefulness to all agencies and private sectors who are continuously pouring out their blessings for the typhoon victims amidst the challenging situation still brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.//JBAgrifino