HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 613 FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELIEF FOR YOLANDA-HIT AGRICULTURAL AREAS IN EASTERN VISAYAS

Republic of the Philippines

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Quezon City

 

 

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS

First Regular Session

 

 

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 613

 

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES

ARIEL B. CASILAO

CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,

ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO

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RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEES ON POVERTY ALLEVIATION AND AGRICULTURE, TO URGE THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELIEF FOR AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES OF EASTERN VISAYAS REGION, AFTER THE ONSLAUGHT OF TYPHOONS YOLANDA, GLENDA, RUBY AND SENIANG AND REHABILITATION OF THE REGION’S AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

WHEREAS, Eastern Visayas was heavily distraught by typhoon Yolanda on November 8. 2013, especially the agricultural sector that serves as the major source of livelihood of farmers in the region;

WHEREAS, among the provinces in the region, Leyte was the most damaged as indicated by majority of the damaged houses, 381,810 houses of the region total 492,856 (about 77%); 5,402 of 5,902 dead (91%); 441,588 of 1,006,718 affected (43%); 3,109 of 3,613 evacuees (86%) according to the report of the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC);

WHEREAS, but barely eight months after, typhoon Glenda struck the region on July 13, 2014, on which the Samar island was worst hit among the provinces in the region as indicated by 116,060 of 117,057 regional total affected (99%); 6 of 7 dead; of all of 71,627 damaged houses were from the island based on the NDRRMC report;

WHEREAS, but within six months, another, typhoon Ruby hit the region on December 5, 2014, affecting all of the provinces, as implied by the affected persons: of the total 2,021,537 affected, 605,040 was from Eastern Samar (30%); 473,759 Northern Samar (23%); 420,909 Leyte (21%); 371,806 Samar (18%); 103,192 Southern Leyte (5%) ; and 46,831 Biliran (2%); of the 20 dead; 8 were from Samar; Eastern Samar 8; Biliran 2; Leyte 2;

WHEREAS, within a month, typhoon Seniang again ravaged the region as the worst hit as near half 1,450 of the 3,523 total houses damaged were from the region, with Leyte at 1,209 houses; also of the total 602,627 affected persons in the country, 262,069 (43%) were from Eastern Visayas; 32 of 66 dead were also from the region;

WHEREAS, the consecutive typhoons from November 2013 to December 2014, that damaged the region, not only affected their houses or dwellings, but majorly their sources of livelihood; based on the collated reports from the NDRRMC, damages to agriculture would be at least P21.532 billion:

Damages to agriculture of Eastern Visayas from typhoon Yolanda to Ruby-Seniang (in million pesos)

Yolanda Glenda Ruby Seniang
Rice and Corn               97.32               74.86             412.94             375.68
Livestock       18,812.61                      –               27.87                  2.31
 HVCC (inc. coconut, banana)                  9.45*             404.03         1,057.32                      –
 Fisheries                  0.28               39.09             130.22                      –
 Irrigation, Facilities, Infrastructure                  1.56               21.41               65.47                      –
 Subtotal       18,921.23             539.40         1,693.83             377.99
 Total  P 21.532 Billion
Source: NDRRMC

* Northern Samar only

– no data from NDRRMC

 

WHEREAS, aside from the clear collosal damages of successive natural calamities, the Samahan han Gudti nga Parag-uma ha Sinirangan Bisayas, SAGUPA-SB (Alliance of Peasants in Eastern Visayas) and People Surge are disputing the under-assessment of damage to agriculture of typhoon Ruby, and asserting that it reached to P22.1 billion, based on their own survey of affected areas in the region;

WHEREAS, the survey of SAGUPA-SB and People Surge disclosed that damages to agriculture reached to P22.1 billion; to fisheries P353.5 million; houses to P3.15 billion; public property to P247.8 million, totalling P25.875 billion; moreover, 81% of the total number of barangays in the region were affected, 94% of municipalities, Samar provinces were the most hit; average damages to agriculture of each barangay reaches to P2 million, excluding coconut and abaca crops;

WHEREAS, furthermore, People Surge and SAGUPA-SB claimed that typhoon Nona, that ravaged the northern part of the region and Bicol region in December 2015, destroyed at least 70% of the coconut crops of Northern Samar province, that put the farmers into a worse state of poverty as it was their major source of livelihood;

WHEREAS, the demands of SAGUPA-SB and People Surge for immediate relief mainly lies on the condition that the damages to agriculture have a long-term impact as destroyed crops, such as coconut, could only be cultivated again after its 3 to 7 years of growth;

WHEREAS, it should be highlighted that Eastern Visayas is one of the region with the highest regional share of rural population, at 91%, of poverty incidence, at 48.2%, second to ARMM on child mortality rate, with 20 to 30% of youth undernourished and 60 to 70% malnourished; and its agricultural sector involves 31% of its land area at 723,000-has., with coconut and abaca as major crops; the region falls second to Davao region in terms of coconut production, contributing more than 15% of the country’s production; thus, it is a established fact that the impact of consecutive typhoons on the region would further put them into distressful situation and must be addressed by the national government;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committees on Poverty Alleviation and Agriculture, urging the government for the urgent relief for agricultural communities of Eastern Visayas region, after the onslaught of typhoons Yolanda, Glenda, Ruby and Seniang and rehabilitation of the region’s agricultural sector.

Adopted,

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