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Yolanda-Stricken Farmers bring their Harvest as Offerings during a special Mass

Shows a farmer from Tacloban City bringing his harvest of vegetables as offering during a special mass offered by the Department of Agriculture at Eastern Visayas State University-Tacloban Campus on 4 November 2014 for the ongoing rehabilitation efforts in Eastern Visayas and other Yolanda-affected areas. Other farmers brought harvests of rice and fruits, showing the sustained restoration of their livelihood almost exactly one year after the super typhoon hit the region and the rest of central Philippines.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, who also took part in the mass, later led the distribution of additional production assistance for the agri-fishery sector in Leyte and other provinces worth P176 million, including 35 units of four-wheel drive tractors value at around P94 million. Special Guest is Senator Cynthia A. Villar, Senate Chair, Committee on Agriculture and Food who handed out DA’s appreciation to the International and Local Non Government Organization (NGO)

Partners led by UN-FAO in the Yolanda rehabilitation work. She thanked the DA for affording her the chance to partner with them in their rehabilitation efforts to

Areas affected by Yolanda. She personally joined the Department of Agriculture in handing relief assistance in the form of roofing materials and relief items in 42 Local Governments affected by the typhoon. There are a lot of long term things to do for Region 8 including livelihood diversification, disaster risk reduction, environmental resilience and tapping alternative agricultural procedures and processes,” she said.

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