Iloilo sets aside P31.46M to fight El Niño

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The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Iloilo has placed the province under a state of calamity due to the effects of El Niño.

A total of P31,464,350 will be released from the capitol coffers to ease the adverse effects of the dry spell.

The Provincial Agriculture Office earlier reported that agricultural losses caused by El Niño phenomenon have reached P1.2 billion.

The towns of Bingawan, Lambunao, Janiuay, Maasin, Santa Barbara, and Mina have declared a state of calamity as early as March.

“As part of our mitigating measures for agriculture, we will provide liquid organic fertilizer to farmers amounting to P10,821,350; budget for health impacts (P100,520), social impacts (P13,542,480), budget for water or purchasing of Jetmatic pumps (P4 million), veterinary services (P2 million),” Board Member Marcelo Valentin Serag said.

The chairman of the Committee on Disaster Risk and Reduction and Management added that P500,000 was allotted for information and education campaign and another P500,000 for environmental protection.