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Di raw kailangan ng foreign aid: Cagayan needs P150B to rise from ‘Lawin’

Nov 7, 2016 @ 16:01

Cagayan needs an estimated P150 billion to fully recover from the effects of Typhoon “Lawin” which greatly devastated the province’s agriculture and infrastructure sectors during its onslaught last October.

This was disclosed by Governor Manuel Mamba, in a statement release Sunday, November 6, who said that despite minimal loss of life, Cagayan needs a “Yolanda” like rehabilitation plan to cope up with the massive destruction caused by the typhoon.

“Ayon sa Gobernador na malinaw na libo-libong Cagayano ngayon ang wala ng bahay at kabuhayan kung kayat malaking tulong kung magbaba ng tulong ang National Government mula sa 150-Billion pesos na Calamity Fund nito para magpakat din ng rehab plan sa Cagayan,” Cagayan public information office chief Rogie Sending said.

Mamba said the rehabilitation plan would include temporary livelihood for residents who have lost their crops and livelihood sources.

“Umaasa si Gov. Mamba na makikita ng Pambansang Gobyerno ang pangangailangan ng rehab plan lalo at sadyang hindi sapat ang calamity fund ng probinsiya at mga lokal na pamahalaan kung ibabatay sa pinsalang iniwan ng pinakamalakas na bagyomg tumama sa Lambak Cagayan sa kasaysayan,” Sending added.

Earlier, Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo claimed the Philippines did not need any foreign aid ‎because the government had sufficient funds for the relief and rehabilitation of typhoon victims. Taguiwalo apparently did not check the extent of the damage wrought by Lawin before making the claim.

In their latest data, the Cagayan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) said the province has lost 66,896 hectares or P5,036,930,000 of rice crops, 9,070 or P498,876,950 of corn crops, 2,511 hectares or P66,613,550 of fisheries and P143,632,500 of high-value commercial vegetable crops.

The overall damage in agriculture is P5,746,052,600.

“Lawin” also left P2,821,680,600 worth of damages in classrooms, offices, district hospitals, capitol, sports complex, provincial roads and bridges.

The damages in infrastructure did not include the over 25,000 totally damaged houses and 93,834 partially damaged.

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