Thursday, January 19, 2017

DA-Bicol sends 21 technical experts to 3 provinces to assess needs for post-typhoon Nina recovery
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 18 (PNA) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Bicol has started the deployment of 21 technical personnel who will evaluate the destruction to physical infrastructures and its effect on the socio-economic activities of the people in Albay, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes that were ravaged by typhoon Nina.

Dr. Elena B. de los Santos, DA-Bicol regional executive director, has ordered the deployment of the personnel who will be grouped into seven teams for what DA calls “post-disaster needs assessment or PDNA.”

Each team consists of three personnel with 1 team for Albay, 4 teams for Camarines Sur and 2 teams for Catanduanes.

The deployment, which will last for nearly a month, has started on January 8 and will last till February 2.

De los Santos said the PDNA teams will also provide technical and logistical help to the validation team from DA’s central office so they could craft a comprehensive rehabilitation plan for the affected areas.

Emily Bordado, DA-Bicol’s information officer, said the technical personnel will come from five government agencies in charge of the agricultural subsectors engaged in “permanent and seasonal crops, coconut, livestock, fisheries, fibers and irrigation facilities.”

“The team includes agriculturists, agronomists, irrigation engineers, fisheries experts, economists and other professionals who are experts in assessment methodology and socio-economic conditions of the affected areas,” she said.

Bordado said there are five government agencies involved: DA, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic resources or BFAR, Philippine Coconut Authority or PCA, Philippine Fiber Development Authority or PHILFIDA and National Irrigation Authority or NIA.

She said the agencies will closely coordinate with their local government counterparts and other agencies and development partners in doing the work.

"The assessment report of the individual agencies will be consolidated and submitted to the Office of the Civil Defense for further consolidation,” she added.

Bordado said the output of the teams should include the damage and losses for all sectors, potential impact, framework and identified programs and projects for recovery and reconstruction.

She said these will be presented to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council or NDRRMC, international development partners and other concerned bodies. (PNA) LAP/GVR/CBD/RSM