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The Government Is Ready To Provide Emergency Loans To Farmers, Fisherfolk Affected By Taal Volcano Eruption

Farmers and fisherfolk can borrow up to P25,000 with zero interest.
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The Department of Agriculture is ready to help farmers and fisherfolk who've been affected by the phreatic eruption of Taal Volcano

According to Agriculture Secretary William Dar, they are prepared to offer emergency loans through the Agricultural Credit and Policy Council: "We can provide an emergency loan of P25,000, [with] zero interest, payable in three years, under the Survival and Recovery (SURE) loan program."

And if that isn't enough, farmers and fisherfolk can borrow more than the said amount under the Micro and Small Agribusiness Loan Program. 

The DA's number one priority is the safety of farmers, fisherfolk, their families, and their farm animals; they encourage those from affected areas to "move onto safer ground and evacuation centers, secure their farm animals, harvest marketable crops and fish (for areas not heavily affected by the ashfall) and secure farm equipment and machinery." 

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In case of an emergency, here is a list of hotlines you can call:

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  • 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