The National Irrigation Administration yesterday reported the damage from super-typhoon “Yolanda” to its irrigation systems in Negros Occidental at P23,562,735.
The NIA report said damaged irrigation systems were in Salvador Benedicto - P3.554 million, Calatrava - P50,600, Victorias - P30,000, EB Magalona - P276,000, Murcia - P4.5 million, Bago - P100,000, Moises Padilla - P50,000, Isabela - P989,600, Himamaylan - P3.75 million, Cauayan - P1.2 million, Candoni - P1.16 million and Hinobaan - P7.897 million, Provincial Planning and Development Officer Marlin Sanogal yesterday said.
This brings the initial estimate of Yolanda’s damage to Negros Occidental to P1.234 billion, she said.
The damage also covers livestock, fishery, poultry, mangroves, and infrastructure, such as houses, schools and hospital buildings, roads, and bridges, she said.
Farmers hit by ”Yolanda” face a "double tragedy" without urgent aid to clear land and irrigation channels and plant their crops, the Food and Agriculture Organization warned yesterday.
The UN agency urged international donors to give at least $11 million to help rural people in the Philippines clean farmlands and de-silt irrigation canals rendered useless by this month's typhoon.
"The urgency of timing can't be overstated," said Dominique Burgeon, the director of FAO's Emergency and Rehabilitation Division.
"It would be a double tragedy if next spring farming families still needed to rely on continued humanitarian food assistance because we haven't been able to support them as they recover from this disaster."
The Department of Agriculture has asked the FAO to support the cash-for-work scheme covering some 150,000 hectares and 80 kilometers of communal irrigation canals, the FAO said.
It takes one person 10 days to clear a single hectare of farmland, it said. The funding will also go towards acquiring some 1,400 communal irrigation pumps.
The additional funds would come on top of $20 million already requested by the FAO to help Philippine farmers plant, fertilize, irrigate and maintain their crops to ensure the 2014 harvests.*CPG/AFP