By Philippine News Agency
Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has urged all local chief executives along the Davao-Agusan River watershed to revive the Davao-Agusan River Basin Development Council and look for long-term solutions to the perennial problem of flooding in the Davao and Caraga Regions.
Piñol visited Thursday the Compostela Valley Province and Agusan del Sur to assess the damage to crops caused by typhoon Auring and heavy rains.
Davao Region reported an initial damage of Php64 million and Caraga Region Php125 million from the recent typhoon and heavy rains that inundated farming communities.
“It is not enough that DA will distribute rehab seeds and other inputs every after flooding which is short-term only,” he said. “What we need now is a long-term solution.”
The agriculture chief underscored the need to reconvene the dormant council and he would present the council’s proposal to President Rodrigo Duterte.
“(I will) submit the proposal so I can present it during our cabinet meeting for possible accessing of the climate change fund of the United Nations (UN),” Piñol said.
Meanwhile, Piñol also proposed the planting of rubber in upstream areas, which are tributaries to the Davao-Agusan Rivers.
He said rubber could also be a source of income for farmers.
A Finland-based company recently expressed interest in putting up a tire manufacturing company in Mindanao and could soon produce the first tire brand in the Philippines.
“We have to create a local market for our rubber to stabilize the price which is advantageous for our rubber farmers,” Piñol said.
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