Millions of Crops Lost as Ompong Batters Pangasinan

In spite of the contingency plan issued by Regional Manager Vicente R. Vicmudo on September 12, 2018 in anticipation of the onslaught of super typhoon Ompong, it was reported that the estimated cost of crop damage amounts to 123,955,500.00 Php in the province of Pangasinan alone. Engr. Aurelia G. Reasonda, PIMO Assistant Manager said that the total number of farmers affected in the province has reached 5,323 with 4,861 hectares of farmland. Responding to random reports and updates from PAGASA  and LGUs,Engr. Vicmudo immediately ordered the opening of dam sluice gates and closing of canal intakes to minimize damage on irrigation facilities and structures which will ultimately cause foreseeable destruction of crops.  Meanwhile, A total of 621 meters of line canal benefiting two irrigators associations (Anonang-Baraoas and Lateral AF) eroded due to flash flood in Sitio South Binday, in San Fabian, Pangasinan. PIMO Manager Gaudencio De Vera disclosed that the affected IAs with a total of 237 farmer-beneficiaries has a combined program area of 238 hectares for wet crop 2018. The most affected irrigation system in Pangasinan by typhoon Ompong is the Agno RIS with 1,088  or 20% of total affected farmers covering 853 hectares or 12% with a total damage cost of 21,751,500.00 or 17.54%.♦