BAGGAO, Cagayan-Philippine Red Cross (PRC) granted agricultural and livelihood assistance to 493 families who were affected by the destruction brought by Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong).
Sen. Richard Gordon, PRC Chairman said: “We continue to live by our motto-when the world no longer watches, we do what must be done. The Red Cross does not settle for providing the needs of the people. We aim to transform lives. This is why we want to enable them to start anew”.
The province of Cagayan was ravaged by the typhoon. According to PRC Operations Center, 132, 074 houses were fully or partially damaged-with over 15, 912 individuals displaced during the onslaught of the typhoon. Statistics say that the province suffered at least 4.4 billion in agricultural damages as 100 percent of corn crops and 64 percent of rice products were destroyed.
As part of the recovery of the province, PRC targeted the farmers with less than one hectare of cultivable land, as well as farm laborers and other households.
Last September, Gordon led the distribution of GCI sheets and shelter toolkits to 393 households from Baggao and basic household items to 355 families from Gattaran.
Since then, PRC has provided as much as P15, 000 livelihood assistance to 893 families in Cagayan and as much as P54, 000 cash assistance to 181 families whose houses were fully damaged. northernforum.net