MANILA, Philippines -- An estimated P250 million to P300 million worth of crops may have been damaged by typhoon Pablo, Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said Thursday.
"Sa tingin po namin dun lang sa crops, damage sa crops pa lang po, it will not be less than 250 to 300 million pesos," Alcala told ANC News.
Alcala stressed the estimates are only based on initial figures as his agency is still collecting data from regional offices regarding the typhoon's damage to agriculture.
"Pinakamalaki po siguro na tama sa atin yung banana kasi po dun po sa may Bukidnon at Compostela Valley, yun pong mga banana plantation dito ay naka-kontrata po for export," Alcala said.
"Ang aming pong ginagawa ay inaalam po namin yung volume for export nila at saka po yung area na nasira," he added.
The Agriculture chief said the government may opt to negotiate with other banana plantation owners to source out produce if export quotas need to be filled.
Typhoon Pablo earlier this week devastated southern Philippines, leaving 325 dead and hundreds more injured and missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Thursday morning.
The provinces of Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Surigao del Sur have all been declared under a state of calamity.