DA: Agri-infra damage in CAR, Ilocos region reach P44.2M
MANILA, Philippines — The damage sustained on agricultural infrastructures in the Cordillera Administrative Region and the Ilocos Region due to the strong earthquake that hit Northern Luzon last week has reached about P44.2 million, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Tuesday.
The damage included those sustained in a communal irrigation system in the area, as well as a diversion dam, DA Usec. Kristine Evangelista said.
“Umabot na nang P44.2 million ang agricultural damage, kasama ang damage sa farm-to-market roads, mayroon ding communal irrigation system na naapektuhan. Mayroon tayong report na natanggap na ‘yung isang diversion dam is also affected,” she said in a public briefing.
(The damage has reached P44.2 million, including the damage on farm-to-market roads, communal irrigation system, and a diversion road.)
However, for now, the DA is still validating the worth of damage sustained on agricultural crops.
Agri products in Benguet back to pre-quake prices
Evangelista said prices of agricultural products in Benguet, one of the areas hit by the earthquake, have returned to pre-disaster prices.
She said even the inflow and outflow of agricultural commodities have returned to normal.
“Sa ating trading posts pagdating sa Benguet, normal na ang presyo, bumalik na sa pre-lindol ang ating mga presyo pati ‘yung volume of commodities that is being traded in Benguet,” she said.
Evangelista said the DA is coordinating with the trading posts in Benguet, especially since 92% of highland vegetables in Metro Manila are sourced from the said province.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit northeast of Langilang, Abra, at 8:43 a.m. last week Wednesday.