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No state of calamity in Cagayan, says Guv Antonio

Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:21

Cagayan Governor Alvaro Antonio is not inclined to declare the entire province under a state of calamity even as Typhoon “Ineng” damaged more than P65 million worth of agricultural crops.

Instead, Antonio ordered the immediate validation of all typhoon damage reports so the provincial government can grant financial aids to affected farmers and fishermen, according to a Philippine News Agency (PNA) report.

The governor said there is no sufficient basis yet to place Cagayan under a state of calamity.

Citing reports from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Antonio said corn plantations incurred the heaviest loss at P31.4 million, covering a total area of 5,482 hectares.

Damage to rice fields reached P23.3 million. High value crops, especially water melon, have also been affected with a total damage estimated at P9.4 million, Antonio added.

The province’s fisheries sector, to include facilities and different species, also sustained an estimated damage of P2.2 million.

Antonio said 9,001 families from 131 villages in 11 municipalities were affected by the onslaught of Ineng over the weekend.

These include the towns of Abulug, Aparri, Ballesteros, Camalaniugan, Calayan, Claveria, Gonzaga, Piat, Sanchez Mira, Sta Ana, and Sta. Teresita.

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