The Department of Agriculture (DA) has formed "Task Force Nina" to focus on the rehabilitation of the provinces hit by typhoon "Nina" earlier this week.
"Arriving in Manila last night, I asked Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan to draft a Department Special Order creating the Task Force Nina which I will personally handle," Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said in a Facebook post.
The 12-man team "will directly handle the formulation of programs and projects for the rehabilitation of agriculture and fisheries of the provinces of Catanduanes, Marinduque, Quezon, Camarines Sur, Albay, Batangas, Mimdoro Oriental and Mindoro Occidental," Piñol said.
"Focal persons will be identified for each province, all of them to report directly to the Secretary so that quick decisions would be made," he said.
Damage to agriculture and infrastructure in areas devastated by Typhoon "Nina" has reached P681 million, the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Thursday.