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Date of occurrence: Urduja -- December 14, 2017 and Vinta -- December 22, 2017

 

Tropical storm Urduja inflicted damages to coconut when it barreled through Regions IV-A, VI, VIII and XIII.
It made landfall six (6) times before exiting PAR. Damage to coconuts ranges from Moderate to Total in some
areas. A total of 965,026 bearing coconut trees involving some 9,650 hectares and affecting about 9,600 coconut
farmers have been damaged, majority of which are in Region VIII, particularly Northern Samar. Biliran and Leyte
Provinces. The total estimated cost of damage to coconut is estimated at Php 36,125,559.00, more or less.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Vinta which also passed through several areas of the country as a severe tropical storm,
made landfall in Davao Oriental and Balabac, Palawan on Devember 22 & 23, 2017, respectively and have
affected about 128,978 coconut trees in Regions IV-B, IX, X, XI, and XIII involving some 1,200 coconut farmers.
Estimated cost of damage is Php 19,143,206.00 more or less.

Recommended actions to be undetaken

  1. Provide assistance for the proper disposal and clearing of totally (felled) damaged coconut trees to
    prevent the occurrence and/or spread of rhinoceros beetle;
  2. Prioritize totally affected areas for inclusion to CY2018 planting and replanting, either through the
    Coconut Seedling Dispersal Project(CSDP) or Participatory Coconut Planting Project (PCPP).
  3. Prioritize the implementation of 2018 Coconut Fertilization Project (CFP) in moderately and heavily
    affected areas to hasten the recovery of the devastated coconut trees with high chance of recovery.

Below is the number of damaged coconut trees including the estimated cost of:

TYPHOON VINTA
  No. of Damage Trees
  Moderately Heavily Totally TOTAL Est. Cost of Damage (Php)'000
IV-B 3,072 - 4,024 7,096 5,382.73
IX 10,051 8,676 17,606 36,333 2,956.70
X 109 280 5,364 5,753 32,853.01
XI 35,617 14,994 26,422 77,033 6,504.60
XIII 2,670 1 92 2,763 129.67
TOTAL 51,519 23,951 53,508 128,978 19,143.21
TYPHOON URDUJA
  No. of Damage Trees
  Moderately Heavily Totally TOTAL Est. Cost of Damage (Php)'000
IV-A - - 155 155 40.14
VI 52,148 500 772 53,420 3,206.38
VIII 864,045 5,929 40,979 910,950 32,853.01
XIII 482 - 19 501 26.03
TOTAL 916,675 6,426 41,925 965,026 36,125.56

Assumptions:

  1. Moderately - 10% of the harvestable nut for the year will be lost.
  2. Heavily - 50% of the harvestable nuts for the year will be lost.
  3. Totally - 100% of the harvestable nuts

Some of the totally damaged coconut trees in Biliran: