Agriculture is one of the most crucial and affected sectors in the devastation left by typhoons Ulysses and Rolly. Picture the aftermath: Crops permanently lost, fields submerged or covered with mud.
Some 150,000 farmers have incurred losses amounting to P10 billion after the devastation caused by Typhoons Quinta and Ulysses and Super Typhoon Rolly, Agriculture Secretary William Dar says. https://t.co/oahUGr0c5g
— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) November 14, 2020
The farmers’ clamor for genuine agrarian reform remains unheeded, barred by a system that favors tenancy, urban development and land conversion.
How ironic that with agricultural loss of at least P2.5 billion, our farmers who give us food security, are themselves going hungry.
The local gov’t of Tumauini, Isabela appeals for assistance after floodwaters brought by Typhoon Ulysses destroyed agricultural crops in the province.
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) November 19, 2020
“Hindi ko nga alam kung bakit. Lahat naman tayo dinaanan ng unos.”
Cris, one of the affected farmers in Catanduanes, says they havent received help from govt.
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) November 18, 2020
If only government policies were skewed to favor our land-tillers while technical farm know-how and low-interest loans were made available to them, things wouldn’t have looked so grim, and our food security would not hang in the balance.
Private and collective efforts to help are not wanting, fortunately, with several relief ops and donation drives ongoing across cities and towns in Tuguegarao, Isabela and parts of Central Luzon and the Bicol region.
Here’s a list of donation drives especially for farmers severely affected by the series of typhoons:
We are accepting GCash donations for our partner-farmers in the MIMAROPA region who were devastated by supertyphoon #RollyPH. All proceeds of this donation drive will go straight to our partners. #SupportFarmersPH pic.twitter.com/AG3Qau6Zrw
— Tagani Philippines (@TaganiPH) November 1, 2020
BE One in this Bayanihan – Update as of 11/14, 9:30PM
Our collected donation for the victims of #UlyssesPH has gone up to ₱10,188.81. We can now purchase 203kg of rice from Mayani to support our local farmers and distribute all purchased goods to the victims of the typhoon. pic.twitter.com/aAtLxM7xmF
— ᴮᴱCKS ?? ⁷ | BUSY (@cks_twt) November 14, 2020
— For our Farmers PH, Inc. (@forourfarmers) November 12, 2020
As of 9:00 AM, 19 Nov 2020, our Bangon Luzon relief drive for typhoon victims has already raised P 50.2 Million!
Our relief assistance continues in the communities affected by the recent typhoons.
Thank you very much for your generosity and love for our fellow Filipinos! pic.twitter.com/5kYbOVjuHQ
— Kaya Natin! Movement (@KayaNatinPH) November 19, 2020
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I’m opening 5 slots for now (I might add more slots in the future if I can) and donate part of the profit to the families, farmers, and animals affected by the typhoon, chosen donation drives are linked below ?? #UlyssesPH #ArtForACause #artph pic.twitter.com/S6xfav0C76
— ✨? mikmik | icons for a cause (0/5) ’til dec 1?✨ (@mikasining) November 16, 2020
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Sagip Kanayunan and BALSA are still raising cash and in-kind donations to send 5,000 relief packs to our typhoon-affected farmers and fishers in Bicol.#UlyssessPH#RollyPH#SagipKanayunan#ReliefPH pic.twitter.com/8aNRTUFYiH
— Peasant Advocates #StopKillingFarmers (@NNARAYouth) November 19, 2020
We are still accepting donations and relief pack sponsors for our typhoon-stricken farmers and fishers in Bicol and Southern Luzon.
Send your donations to GCASH No. 09776368386.
Drop off point in Manila: #56 K9 West Kamias, Quezon City pic.twitter.com/kOU7ZvFSUQ
— #LandFoodJustice (@kmp_phl) November 11, 2020
But don’t stop at donations to help our food growers. Be informed, spread the word and hold public officials accountable. When you enjoy your next meal, think of what it costs farmers to bring that to your table.
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Art by Yel Sayo