Atok- 18 farmers received farm supplies for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of their farms under the project, “Typhoon Parma Agriculture Disaster Rehabilitation Support Program, Philippines,” implemented by Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation and funded by the Foundation for Sustainable Society last April 13.
The project was envisioned to contribute to the recovery of poor farming families affected by Typhoon Parma, particularly in Northern Luzon. The damages brought by Typhoon Parma to major agricultural provinces in the Philippines posed great threats to economic and food security mainly to the marginal farmers who are the key producers.
Also, 280 farmers from the municipalities of Tublay, La Trinidad and Tuba including Atok were oriented about the zero interest loan project. This aims to rehabilitate at least 250-300 vegetable farming families in selected areas by providing agricultural inputs like seeds, fertilizers and materials for repair of farm infrastructures such as greenhouse and small irrigation pipes.
Moreover, the rehabilitation support funds extended to the farming households will be recovered from them and will be set-up as a “Rehabilitation Fund” that will be used to support disaster rehabilitation activities that may be needed in the future.
JVOFI and FSSI recognized the need to provide strategic rehabilitation interventions to respond to improving the coping mechanisms of affected farmers by supporting their production needs so they can get back immediately to their farms, thus, hasten an early livelihood recovery.
The project also aims to rehabilitate at least 1,427 farming families in Isabela, Cagayan including Benguet through zero-interest rehabilitation support that will help the selected farming families earn additional savings.