The agriculture arm of the province surprisingly declared Bohol has been unscathed by Typhoon Onyok over the weekend despite the floodings over the ricefields and farmlands.
Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Larry Pamugas said the province had been spared from any serious damage on the agriculture amid the floods that the torrential rains from Typhoon Onyok brought over the weekend.
Pamugas said this is based on the reports from the municipal agriculture officers, and instead the rains had provided ample water to rice fields after weeks without rain.
Farmers in the towns complained that when the floods cover the ricefields it is no longer as advantageous the way it is being projected by officials. In fact, the current of the floods even uprooted some plants.
Moreover, farmers nearby the Malinao Dam in Pilar sought for actual assessment on their ricefields that had been submerged during the torrential rains when the dam overflowed.
Farmers in Candijay also found it impossible that the floods had barely affected the agriculture sector when Municipal Agriculturist Ermita Bual even estimated the damage to have reached P1 million in 100 hectares of crops supposedly scheduled for harvest in January.
The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office reported that Barangays Boyoan, La Union, Lungsod Daan, Pagahat, Panadtaran, San Isidro, Tugas Cabiguhan and Poblacion had been flooded.
It was also reported that at least 36 residents of Sitio Tabunok, Barangay Panadtaran were evacuated to Panadtaran Elementary School after floodwaters reached up to waist high.
However, the number recorded in the province was not even half.
On this, disaster risk reduction and management teams in the towns are asked to observe real-time reporting on situationers in their areas as the provincial quick response team could hardly provide accurate data for lack of information from the field.