Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 13:15

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) CALABARZON has reported damages to irrigation systems and crops across the region following the impact of Typhoon Aghon. The severe weather event caused an estimated total damage of PHP 200.3 million to irrigation systems and affected a total of 6,015 hectares of agricultural lands, negatively impacting the agricultural sector and the livelihood of local farmers.

To address the damages on irrigation canals, protection works, canal structures, and dams, the agency has outlined immediate repair plans categorized into Level I and Level II. Level I includes emergency works aimed at restoring service areas and saving standing crops, with an estimated cost pegged at PHP 55.3 million. Level II involves comprehensive repairs to ensure the long-term stability of irrigation structures, with an estimated cost of PHP 145 million.

The agency also recorded a total of 6,569 farmers across the region have been directly affected by the typhoon. The NIA is coordinating with Local Government Units (LGUs) and relevant agencies to provide support and assistance to these farmers, ensuring they receive the necessary aid to recover and continue their agricultural activities.

On the part of NIA, the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) personnel of the agency took proactive work to clear debris along the irrigation canals as an initial and immediate action to restore the flow of irrigation water, ensuring continuous water distribution for agricultural purposes.

The NIA CALABARZON remains committed to rehabilitating and improving irrigation infrastructure to withstand future weather events. This includes upgrading current systems and implementing more resilient designs.

Numerous areas in CALABARZON region, particularly in Quezon and Laguna provinces, were under Typhoon Signal No. 2 during the onslaught of Typhoon Aghon last May 25.

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