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Agri chief: DA allocated more than P400 million to help Central Visayas recover

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses with local officials of areas severely affected by Typhoon Odette while visiting the towns of Cebu and Bohol on December 19, 2021. SIMEON CELI/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has an available fund of more than P400 million that could be released to enhance the rehabilitation and recovery of the agriculture sector in Central Visayas, Agriculture Secretary William Dar assured President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Sunday.

“Ang Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka, Mr. President, ay mayroon kaming allocation na nakahanda na ito,” Dar said during President Duterte’s meeting with Cebu local leaders in Argao, Cebu.

“At any time, this will be given para maka-recover na, makapagtanim na agad ang mga apektadong mga farmers.”

DA has a total allocation of P445.1 million for Central Visayas region that could be disbursed immediately, according to the agriculture secretary.

Bohol has an allocation of P104.8 million; Siquijor, P10 million; and Negros Oriental, P30 million, Dar told the President.

Cebu province has P300.3 million intended for rice and corn. The Quick Response Fund (QRF) will be spent for commodities needed by the province, he added.

Meanwhile, the Department of Energy (DOE) is working double time to restore energy in Cebu province, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi told President Duterte.

“The restoration is slow because we have a problem with the transmission. We don’t have a problem with the generation of the power plants,” Cusi said.

“Our problem really is how to transmit energy to the distribution utilities and our distribution lines.”

According to the energy chief, Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) will send more than 150 personnel including their equipment like boom trucks to help Cebu restore its power supply.

Cusi reported that so far, electricity supply was restored in some areas in Cebu City. Among those energized were hospitals, water utilities, government offices, and some businesses.

“So we’re working double time and hopefully before Christmas next week, we can restore the power supply in many areas,” he said. PND