2 Neg Occ towns under state of calamity due to drought

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2019   •   1574

Hectares of dried-up rice fields affected by 2019 El Niño

A state of calamity was declared in Murcia and Isabela, Negros Occidental because of the severe effects of El Niño phenomenon.

80% of the rice field of A and G Esteban Farmers Association in Barangay San Miguel, Murcia, Negros Occidental is affected by El Niño phenomenon.

The president of the association Rosie Alit said they had no choice but to feed the affected crops to their buffaloes because they no longer have a use for it.

“Hindi na iyan namin mapapakinabangan basta nasa booting stage at milking ang matamaan sa palay wala nang pag-asa, hindi na iyan maka-recover, (We no longer have any use of it. As long as booting stage and milking [stage] were affected in the crops, there is no hope to save it.)” she said.

In the country, around 30 areas, which include 5 provinces and 25 cities/municipalities, are under a state of calamity due to the effects of El Niño.

READ: Albay under state of calamity due to El Niño

Agricultural damage brought by the severe drought reached to over P5 billion with more than 164,000 farmers affected.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) already began their cloud seeding operation in affected areas.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

DA, irerekomenda ang pagdedeklara ng state of calamity dahil sa ASF

Robie de Guzman   •   March 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Ipapasa na ngayong linggo ng Department of Agriculture (DA) ang rekomendasyon nito para sa pagdedeklara ng state of calamity sa bansa dahil sa epekto ng African Swine Fever (ASF).

Ayon kay Agriculture Secretary William Dar, isinasapinal na nila ang rekomendasyon na isusumite nila kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.

Aniya, ang rekomendasyon ay batay na rin sa panukala ng Senado na magdeklara ng state of calamity upang matulungan ang stakeholders ng hog industry sa bansa na lubhang naapektuhan ng ASF outbreak.

“We are finalizing our recommendation base doon sa rekomendasyong galing po sa Senado. So, anytime this week we will be sending our position and recommendation to the Palace,” ang pahayag ni Dar.

Tiniyak naman ng Malakanyang na bukas ang administrasyon sa lahat ng rekomendasyon ng mga mambabatas pero sa ngayon ay wala pang desisyon si Pangulong Duterte ukol sa panukalang pagdedeklara ng state of calamity kaugnay ng epekto ng ASF.

Iginiit din Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque na may mga ipinatupad nang mga hakbang ang DA para tugunan ang problema sa supply ng baboy.

“Sa ngayon po ang solusyon nga is repopulation at naglaan naman po tayo ng sapat na halaga dyan at bukod pa sa repopulation, yung pag-aangkat po ng bakuna at syempre yung pag aangkat po ng baboy sa iba’t-ibang parte ng Pilipinas at soon po sa ibat ibang parte ng daigdig,” ani Roque.

“But points were taken, we welcome the suggestion it will be considered and it has not been decided upon by the President,” dagdag pa niya.

Una nang naglaan ang pamahalaan ng P2.6 bilyong pondo para sa control and containment ng ASF at repopulation ng mga baboy sa hog farms sa bansa.

Nasa P1.5 bilyon ang nakalaan para sa repopulation project, P500 milyon para sa loan program ng backyard hog raisers, P400 milyon sa pagpapatayo ng breeder farms, P200 milyon sa repopulation sa ASF-affected areas, habang P1.5 bilyon naman ang inilaan para sa Bantay-ASF control and containment program.

Tiniyak din ng DA na nakapag-secure na ito ng P27 bilyong pondo sa bangko, bukod pa sa popondohan nitong 22% insurance para sa commercial hog raisers.

“We have secured from Land Bank P15 billion, P12 billion from DBP, so total of P27 illion as loan program to reinvigorate the hog industry at concessional rate. Mababa yung interest rates not like the commercial rates that we had before, so these are the initial support that government will do… Of course kung tatanungin mo is this enough? of course this is not enough,” ang pahayag ni Dar.

Batay sa monitoring ng DA kaugnay ng ASF-positive incidence sa mga barangay, mula 1,773 cases noong Agosto 2020 ay bumaba ito sa 358 cases noong Enero 2021 at tuluyan pang bumagsak sa 62 incidents ngayong buwan ng Marso. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Marvin Calas)

1 dead, 15,900 families affected by flooding in Negros Occidental

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — At least one person died and over 15,000 families were affected and after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding in Negros Occidental last Friday (January 1).

According to the latest report of the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division, 15,900 families from the cities of Victorias, Silay, Talisay, EB Magalona were affected after heavy rainfall.

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old man was found dead in Barangay 6-A in Victorias City.

A total of 424 houses were damaged; 351 of which were totally damaged, while 73 were only partially damaged.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other various rescue groups immediately responded to the situation. The local government also provided relief goods to the families affected by the flood.

Meanwhile, all roads are now passable and water and power supply in the affected areas have been restored. AAC (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

Luzon placed under state of calamity

Marje Pelayo   •   November 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation to place the entire Luzon region under state of calamity following the onslaught of consecutive typhoons.

The President announced on Tuesday evening (November 17) during his weekly public address that he signed the proclamation in response to the recommendation by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Based on NDRRMC’s latest report, Typhoon Ulysses caused P2.715-B worth of damage to agriculture and P5.25-B worth of damage to infrastructure.

This is on top of the total amount of damages left by previous cyclones Quinta and Rolly.

Under state of calamity, the national government and the local government units (LGUs) are given authority to use their respective funds to address the needs brought about by the calamity.

Meanwhile, the president stressed his intention to construct sturdy evacuation centers in the country following the devastation of evacuation centers from the recent cyclones.

He asked Congress to fund the construction of such structures as they serve as temporary shelter to victims of calamities and disasters.

“Iyon sana ang tugunan ng Congress kasi kapag ganitong deluge, [That’s something Congress must address because in times of a deluge] they tend to go to places for shelter and relief,” Duterte said.

“We build a strong structure, stronger than a typhoon that would come their way for people to stay. Maybe small rooms with many comfort rooms where people can really stay for a while,” he added.

To date, the NDRRMC reported a total of 73 individuals perished from Typhoon Ulysses in addition to only 25 from Super Typhoon Rolly — the strongest cyclone that hit the country this year. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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