SAN FERNANDO CITY– Heavy rains brought by Typhoon “Lando” this week wrecked havoc on fishponds and fish cages in Aringay and Sto. Tomas towns here, resulting in losses of more than P23-M worth of milk-fish and tilapia, according to the La Union Provincial Agricultural Office.
The strayed fish, caught by fisherman and other individuals, are being sold in the public markets along with the regular supply of the commodity and caused prices to fall down. The fish were swept as far as the coastal villages of San Agustin and Poro Point here.
Fish seller Rhodora Nueva said that bangus is now sold at P50-P80 a kilo compared to the regular price of P140-P169 a kilo in the city’s public market and elsewhere.
Fisherman Jaime Cura of Barangay San Agustin said that they had a grand time catching milkfish along the shoreline of the village and had to salt and sun-dried some of them to avoid spoilage.
Imelda Sannadan, provincial agriculture officer, said that Typhoon “Lando” destroyed agricultural crops worth more than P214- million in the province and that close to to 8,000 hectares of rice plants were either totally or partially damaged.
Damage to vegetable and corn crops was estimated at P5.5-M and P150, 373, respectively, while P946, 400. worth of trees including those classified as high-value were destroyed.
As off press-time, Director Nestor Domenden of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Office has not released report on total fish losses in the provinces of Region 1.
As to infrastructure, it was learned that the Provincial Disaster Rescue and Risk Management Committee is evaluating the destruction even as clearing operations are still ongoing. Typhoon “Lando” knocked down a lot of trees and electric posts and most parts of of the province are still without electricity. William Garcia/NorthboundPH