Working on holidays, DA officials and workers ensured rice and corn seeds delivered to typhoon ravaged areas

Manila, Philippines – Instead of spending holidays at home with their loved ones, the workers of the Department of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has rendered duty to ensure the immediate delivery of buffer rice and corn seeds to typhoon-damaged areas.

Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has been overseeing and monitoring the operations.

The research ship of BFAR, M/V DYCA DA-BFAR, was converted into a cargo ship, to immediately deliver the seeds to farmers so they could replant the soonest possible time.

“Thousands of hectares of farm lands planted to rice and corn in the Visayas and Mindanao regions were destroyed by two typhoons, Urduja and Vinta, which came in close heels of each other.” DA secretary Manny Piñol wrote on his post.

President Rodrgo Duterte, after visiting the affected areas las week, ordered to immediately deliver the assistance to the areas.

The Agriculture Department was directed to facilitate the immediate delivery of seeds and farm inputs as they need to catch up with the dry planting season.

Sec. Piñol shared that, due to problem of finding workers to load the seeds, two Undersecretaries, Romulo and Eduardo Gongona, with the help of Assist. Secretary Andrew Villacorta and Director Roy Abaya from Region 3, engaged the DA BFAR workers to help in loading the seeds at the Subic Port.

The secretary also commended the DA officials and workers who worked together through the holidays.

“You have shown to the people the new brand of public service under the leadership of the indefatigable President, Rody Duterte.” He added.

Note: Photos grabbed from Sec. Pinol's FB Page

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