“[…] “The loss of their sources of livelihood has left the affected families especially the peasant women anxious and distressed. Kagyat na tulong ang kailangan nila, hindi pautang. (They need help, not a loan) The government should provide immediate relief and compensation for farmers and fisherfolk,” Amihan national chairperson Zenaida Soriano said.
In an advisory on Monday night, the DA said that ashfall in Cuenca, Lemery and Taal in Batangas has already affected 752 hectares of agricultural land and has caused an initial P74.55 million in damage to crops.
The ash is also expected to damage around 6,000 fish cages on the lake and will affect stocks of tawilis and tilapia.
“[P]roduction loss is estimated at 15,033 metric tons since fishkill is expected in Taal Lake due to high sulfur content brought by the volcanic eruption, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources,” the Agriculture department also said.”