LAOAG CITY – The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) headed by Governor Imee R. Marcos conducted initial relief operations in the municipalities of Adams and Carasi yesterday, September 3.
The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and Provincial Health Office (PHO) provided food packs and hygiene and family kits, to affected residents and conducted medical operations.
Governor Marcos proposes “rice buy-back”
“Walang problema sa supply ng relief goods at gamot. Hangga’t mayroon ang probinsiya ay mayroon din tayong ipamamahagi sa mga tao,” assured Governor Marcos.
“Kung mayroon pa kayong imbak na mga bigas ay bibilhin na ng PGIN. Gagawin natin ang rice buy back upang kahit na bumagyo at walang makarating kaagad na tulong papunta sa inyo, ay mayroon kayong supply ng bigas,” she added.
Governor Marcos conducted an aerial inspection and assessed damages in infrastructure and agriculture which total to more than 200 million pesos as per the latest report from the Provincial Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC). Last week, major access roads going to Adams and Carasi were impassable due to landslide.
Governor Marcos discusses post-calamity recovery plan
Together with the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) and the Sustainable Development Council (SDC), Governor Marcos consulted with the residents to assess their needs for livelihood replacement.
She urged everyone to find alternative income sources and prepare for future calamities.
“Ang dapat pagtuonan natin ng pansin ngayon ay kung ano ang ating itatanim, kung ano ang ating sasakahin. Hindi na natin maintindihan ang panahon. Kailangang maghanda tayo at maghanap ng ibang pagkakakitaan.”
Proposed alternative livelihood include raising free-range chicken and enhanced native pigs, backyard gardening for low-maintenance crops, and planting hybrid rice in irrigated areas.
“Tignan nating mabuti kung ano pa ang mga kailangan at pipilitin nating tugunan ang mga ito,” she ended. (PGIN CMO)