MERCEDES, Eastern Samar- About 1,000 fishermen and farmers coming from five towns in Eastern Samar and two towns in Samar provinces were provided fishing and farm implements by Senator Cynthia Villar and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. The two officials visited the towns, all devastated by supertyphoon Yolanda, to help them recover from the losses they sustained after they were dislocated after they were hit by the worst storm in the country’s history.
The farmers that were provided assistance by Alcala and Villar, who chairs the food and agriculture committee at the Senate, were from the towns of Mercedes, Balangiga, Lawaan and Giporlos, all in Eastern Samar; and Marabut and Basey, both in Samar province. The distribution of the fishing and farm implements was done on July 31.
Villar said that the distribution of these implements is part of a continuing program of the government until farmers and the fishermen could fully recover after Yolanda’s devastation.

She said that almost nine months after Yolanda together with Sec. Alcala she is hopeful that they have created a high effect in the lives of the farmers in terms of recovery and rehabilitation as well as the agriculture industry in Yolanda stricken areas. Villar already visited 40 municipalities in the different parts of the country to help farmers and fishermen regain their livelihood after Yolanda.
Villar promised that the government will create ways and means to push for programs that will benefit the agriculture industry of the country. (LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)