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Iloilo throttles efforts vs El Nino; Nagdagdag pa ng pondo!

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Iloilo province has set aside P31.4 million to address the effects of the prolonged drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon.

On Friday, May 31, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan placed the province under a state of calamity because of the long dry spell.

This allowed the release of P31,464,350 from the provincial government’s funds to mitigate or lessen the effects of the drought

Board Member Marcelo Valentin Serag, committee on disaster risk and reduction and management, said the P31.4 million will be spent for:

* liquid organic fertilizer to farmers (P10,821,350)
* health impacts (P100,520)
* social impacts (P13,542,480)
* water or purchasing of Jetmatic pumps (P4 million)
* veterinary services (P2 million)

Some P500,000 was allotted for information and education campaign, and another P500,000 for environmental protection.

Earlier, the Provincial Agriculture Office reported El Niño has damaged or destroyed P1.2 billion worth of agricultural crops, including high value crops.

On the other hand, Bingawan, Lambunao, Janiuay, Maasin, Santa Barbara, and Mina towns had been placed under a state of calamity last March.

Iloilo City was placed under a state of calamity last April 26.