VILLABA, Leyte – The regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA-8) has extended assistance to the farmers here who survived the onslaught of super typhoon ‘Yolanda.’
DA-8 Regional Executive Director, U-Nichols Manalo told Leyte Samar Daily Express that the turnover of the assistance worth P15.77 million funded by the Yolanda Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (YRRP) was made during the launching of the YRRP livelihood initiated by DA-8 in coordination with the local government unit of this town.
Director Manalo said that the project has provided the farmer-beneficiaries of this town with agricultural assistance composed of modern farm machineries, equipment, tools, and inputs like seeds and fertilizers including farm animals for the five Associations of the town which includes Sta. Cruz Rice Upland Farmers Association, Tabunok Integrated Farmers Association, Hinundayan Farmers Association, Malayahay Vegetables and Rootcrops Farmers Association and Barangay Jalas Farmers Association with a total membership of 199 farmers.
Villaba Mayor Juliet Larrazabal said that the assistance would be of great help for the recovery of the farmers in her town who are still reeling and recovering from the devastation brought about by Yolanda and for building back better of their livelihood.
Mayor Larrazabal claims that the assistance will further help her administration to convince more farmers in the town to adhere to the modern and scientific farming and livestock production.
Larrazabal added that the assistance will also help boost the farm productivity in her town and eventually more income of the farmers.
Villaba with a land area of 150.31 square kilometers and 35 barangays is a 3rd class municipality and has a population of 41,891 according to the 2015 census.