Monday, 12 October 2009

PGMA allows use of Presidential plane, C-130s to carry relief goods to Baguio, Cordilleras

STO. TOMAS, Pampanga (PNA)—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday allowed the use of presidential plane and the C-130 plane of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) in delivering more relief goods to Baguio City and other parts of Benguet and Mountain Province severely hit by typhoon Pepeng.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo said that President Arroyo was informed that there was a shortage of rice supply in Baguio City, Benguet and Mountain Province and since all roads going to Baguio City were still impassable, Mrs. Arroyo authorized the use of presidential plane and C-130 plane to carry more relief goods to typhoon victims in the Cordillera Region.

Fajardo also said that the government was still studying the possibility of importing vegetables after typhoon Pepeng devastated the vegetable producing farm in Benguet.

Fajardo said that the agricultural sector suffered much damaged due to typhoon Ondoy and typhoon Pepeng.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said the public should not panic on the shortage of vegetable supply in Metro Manila coming from the Cordillera region, saying there were many parts of the country that were also vegetable producing provinces.

Yap also said that aside from Baguio City and Benguet, the Department of Agriculture will source now the vegetable supply needed in Metro Manila from Quezon province, Nagcarlan in Laguna, Bulacan, Cebu, Iloilo and Region 10 in Mindanao.

About three tons of vegetables from Davao were transported by air to Manila on Sunday to sustain the demand of vegetables by vatious markets in Metro Manila, Yap said.

Yap also expects 69 tons of assorted vegetables from Nueva Vizcaya agricultural terminal.(PNA)

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