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Duterte promises aid for Taal-affected farmers

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte assured on Monday that the Department of Agriculture will provide agricultural assistance to the farmers affected by the Taal Volcano eruptions.

Farming is the primary source of livelihood for Batangueños.

“Ang tingin ho namin ay at least 3 billion ang nawala sa mga tanim ninyo at ang mga — baka mga hayop rin,” Duterte said in his speech at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Sto. Tomas Campus in Sto. Tomas City, Batangas.

“I’d like to assure the Department of Agriculture will provide agricultural assistance since we understand and acknowledge that this is one of your main sources of restoration,” he added.

The President also vowed to assist the people of Batangas in rebuilding the houses destroyed by Taal’s unrest through the National Housing Authority.

During the event, Duterte led the distribution of food packs, cash assistance, assorted seedlings, animal feeds, jerry cans and hygiene kits, sleeping mats, blankets and t-shirts to affected families.

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