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Iloilo mayor Palabrica seeks to declae state of calamity due to El Niño

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Iloilo Mayor Mark Palabrica is urging his Sangguniang Bayan to place the town of Bingawan under state of calamity so the municipal government can use its calamity fund to counter the adverse effects of El Niño, especially to the farmers.

El Niño is a weather phenomenon is associated with a significant reduction in rainfall.

In a Panay News article, Palabrica said he hopes that the council would immediately act on his request when it holds a special session on Monday next week.

Citing the Municipal Agriculture Office and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the politiko said the town lost a P24 million worth of palay (paddy rice) due to the dry conditions.

Some 2,015 farmers have been affected by the drought, he added.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, a local government can declare a state of calamity if at least 20 percent of its population is affected.