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Agri damage in CAR and Ilocos Region total P28 million.

According to the Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DA-DRRM) Operations Center on Friday, the cost of damage caused by the magnitude 7 earthquake on July 27 to the agricultural sector reached PHP28.7 million.

According to recent statistics from the DA-DRRM, the earthquake caused losses and damage in both the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the Ilocos Region, mainly to irrigation systems, farm-to-market routes, and agricultural structures.

The irrigation systems in the provinces of Abra and Ilocos Sur suffered losses totaling PHP19,172,000.

The damage was sustained on the Main Canal (150 meters) of the Banaoang Pump Irrigation System in the Municipality of Bantay, Ilocos Sur, according to the National Irrigation Administration, the DA reported. This has affected irrigation service to nearly 2,000 hectares of agricultural land.

In the meantime, the cost of repairing agricultural infrastructure in Abra has reached PHP9,567,475.

The DA has already sent out two units of Kadiwa vehicles to distribute food help to the impacted families.

According to the DA, “DA-RFO CAR has mobilized two units of KADIWA trucks filled with 3 metric tons of various highland vegetables, dried fish, and other essential food products to towns in the province of Abra.”

A sufficient supply of rice is also made available for the CAR, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon in addition to highland vegetables.

The impacted industry will also receive financial aid along with the distribution of rice, corn, and various vegetable seeds.

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