Hontiveros to DA: Prioritize recovery of Luzon’s typhoon-hit ‘food baskets’
Senator Risa Hontiveros is calling on government to make a big push for the recovery of the agricultural “food baskets” in Luzon that were hard-hit by disasters last year, in a bid to help address supply shortages that have drastically driven up food prices throughout the country.

Hontiveros to DA: Prioritize recovery of Luzon’s typhoon-hit ‘food baskets’

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Senator Risa Hontiveros is calling on government to make a big push for the recovery of the agricultural “food baskets” in Luzon that were hard-hit by disasters last year, in a bid to help address supply shortages that have drastically driven up food prices throughout the country.

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“Hindi lang price control at monitoring ang mga paraan para maampat ang mabilis na pagtaas ng presyo ng bilihin,” she said.

“Mas mabilis na bababa ang preso ng gulay, prutas, karne at ibang pagkain kung agad matutulungan ng pamahalaan na mapuno ang mga ‘food baskets.’ Kailangang maibalik sa normal ang kanilang productivity levels,” Hontiveros said.

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Hontiveros said that government should particularly provide adequate shelter and food assistance to vital agricultural supply areas until the first harvests arrive in summer.

The senator put emphasis on areas like Northern Luzon and the Bicol Region, which were heavily affected by a spate of typhoons in 2020.

Citing data from theNational Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Hontiveros noted that Cagayan Valley lost P2.1 billlion worth of crops due to Typhoon Ulysses, along with P5 billion damaged or destroyed infrastructure.

Likewise, the Bicol Region lost P629 million worth of crops and P2.3 billion in infrastructure.

“Sinira ng mga bagyo ang mga pananim, mga alagang hayop at mismong kabahayan ng marami sa ating mga magsasaka at agricultural workers sa Northern Luzon at Bicol Region,” Hontiveros said.

“Pinakamataas ang inflation levels sa mga lugar na iyan, ayon mismo sa Philippine Statistics Authority at marami ang walang kita at walang makain sa pangaraw-araw ngayon. Kailangan natin silang tulungan para sila ay muling agad makabalik sa pagtatanim, pagsasaka at pagaalaga ng mga hayop,” she said.

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