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Farmers appealed for assistance from the government for them to start new life. “Tumulong kuma ti gobyerno para dagijy agbasa nga anak ko ta kunak nga agsardeng dan sa, panpanunutek paylang nu kasanu ngem manangaasi met siguro ti namarsua, nu umasideg ka kenkuana, isu na ladtan pangkaptak” (We appeal for government help and assistance, so we can support our families and children to continue going to school. We are praying that God will help us.) Clarima Pilig, farmer, a mother of 11 children, resident of Aurora, Pudtol, Apayao and an owner of 10,000 banana trees damaged by Lawin, said.
Meantime, consumers also suffer the aftermath of super typhoon Lawin with increased prices in vegetables and other agricultural commodities.
The Department of Agriculture –Cordillera conducted field validation of the damages brought by typhoon Lawin in the different provinces of the region last October 24-28.
The final consolidated damage report will be the basis of the rehabilitation plan of the department to help the farmers with their losses.//LMendoza, JDayao