City Agri Office assists displaced Curuan farmers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 September 2012 14:35

The City Agriculturist Office has acted with dispatch in distributing vegetable seeds including fingerlings to farmers and fishpond operators affected by the flooding in Mina Curuan last Saturday.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said while damage to agricultural and fishpond products were very minimal, the farmers were immediately provided with vegetable seeds to replace their damaged crops.

Palay seeds will be distributed during the planting season.

Based on Palacat’s record, a hectare of the total 12 hectare rice field in Mina, Curuan was affected by the floods. Damage to vegetable products was also very minimal.

For fishponds, 12 hectares (6 hectares in Mina, Curuan and 6 hectares in Quiniput) were affected but only 5% of the total catch, barely 1-3 months old, were washed away by the floods, according to Palacat.

Total area for fishponds in Curuan and Quiniput is 97 hectares.

“The damage was very minimal but we immediately provided the necessary assistance to our farmers”, Palacat said.

Most if not all of the 7 farmers affected will also be included in the list of beneficiaries to the financial assistance that the city government will be giving after assessment by the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

The flashfloods in Curuan, which reached waist deep, was brought about by torrential and incessant rains in mountains.

Mayor Celso Lobregat along with Councilors Rudy Lim, Mike Alavar and Myra Paz Abubakar sped off to Curuan immediately after being informed of the flashfloods, to personally look into the situation as well as to supervise the rescue and relief operations. Lobregat has instructed the activation of the rescue team of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council causing the dispatch of Philippine Air Force and Coast Guard rubber boats, personnel from the police, Red Cross, Bureau of Fire Protection and Zamcelco to the area.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office under Francisco Barredo distributed water, bread, sardines, rice and other foodstuff to the affected victims.

The grant of financial assistance to the victims will be in addition to the relief and food assistance immediately provided to the affected families.

Six houses made of light materials were swept away while 2 houses were partially damaged by gushing waters from the swollen Curuan river following torrential rains in the mountains.

Barredo also reported that 194 families with a total of 776 dependents were affected by the sudden rise in the water in various sitios in Curuan and the neighboring area of Quiniput. — Sheila Covarrubias