MAKILALA, NORTH COTABATO --- Agriculture Secretary William "Manong Willie" D. Dar visited here today to personally know the current situation of thousands of farmers and fisherfolk affected by the series of earthquakes happened last month.

Manong Willie assured affected farmers that the DA will provide them the necessary assistance such as seeds and other agricultural interventions for them to start new livelihood activities.

The secretary also distributed 500 relief packs comprised of five kilos of rice, toiletries and pinakbet seeds to earthquake survivors at Makilala Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) Campus Evacuation Center. These farmer-evacuees were from the villages of Buhay and Indangan which were heavily hit by the quakes.