The ashfall from Taal Volcano's phreatic eruption has done more damage than you think. According to initial reports by the Department of Agriculture, 752 hectares of agricultural land in Cuence, Lemery, and Taal in Batangas have been affected, with coffee farms experiencing one of the biggest hits.
The report also states that Batangas produces 13 percent of their coffee in Calabarzon, but as a whole, only produces seven percent of the country's coffee at an estimated 35,000 metric tons a year.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar has been vocal about being ready to help farmers and fisherfolk who've been affected by this natural disaster: "We can provide an emergency loan of P25,000, [with] zero interest, payable in three years, under the Survival and Recovery (SURE) loan program."
In case of an emergency, here is a list of hotlines you can call:
- National Emergency Hotline – 911
- Philippine National Police – 117
- PHIVOLCS – (02) 8426-1468 to 79
- Philippine Red Cross – 143 or (02) 8790-2300
- Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) – (02) 8426-0246
- National Disaster Risk Reduction And Management Council – (02) 8911-5061 to 65 local 100
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