DA brings swift assistance to Auring-affected areas

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol (left) and Bunawan Mayor Edwin Elorde of Agusan del Sur (right), assess the extent of the damage brought about by the flashflood during the tropical depression Auring, which affected vast areas of farmlands. As of Jan. 25, 2017, the municipalities of Trento, Lapaz, Loreto, San Luis, Talagocon, Bunawan, Esperanza, and Veruela were declared under a state of calamity. Auring has affected more than 800 farmers in 160 barangays damaging more than a thousand hectares of rice farms. (PNA photo courtesy of DA/AFID)