DA Team Formed to Ensure Food Supply during Calamities
Byline: MARVYN BENANING
Secretary Arthur Yap of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said yesterday he has formed a department-level team to ensure the steady supply of affordable basic food items in major demand centers in Metro Manila during calamities.
Yap said that the DA Food Team, which is headed by Assistant Secretary Salvador Salacup, will consist of eight groups that will oversee the stable supply of various commodities and ensure that they reach major selling points in Metro Manila during calamities.
As of last Dec. 7, the damage wrought by typhoons "Lando" and "Mina" had already reached R854 million, with Region 2 or the Cagayan Valley incurring the heaviest losses at R432 million, the DA noted.
But Yap said most of the production losses will only have a minimal impact on the overall growth target for Philippine agriculture in 2007, as majority of the damaged crops can still be salvaged.
The eight groups under the DA Food Team were formed during a recent Management Committee meeting at the DA central office. The groups will cover rice, livestock and poultry, corn, vegetables and fruits, fish, sugar, coconut,logistics and linkages.
Assisting Salacup as overall team leader are vice team leaders Directors Romeo Recide of the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, Director Roy Abaya of the Field Operations Service, and Francisco Ramos III of the Agri-Business and Marketing Service. …