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CEBU CITY, Philippines – The province of Cebu has been placed under a state of calamity following the prolonged dry spell that has affected most of its component towns and cities.
The Cebu provincial board’s “proactive” declaration will allow the provincial government to access its calamity funds to aid local government units that are most affected by the drought and for those who will be affected in the weeks.
The board, however, did not provide an estimate of the damage on crops.
In an earlier interview with Rappler, the weather bureau in Cebu announced a “mild” El Niño, but warned the situation could worsen in the coming months.
On May 19, Governor Hilario Davide III, after conferring with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), asked the provincial board to pass a resolution declaring a state of calamity.
“It was agreed that a state of calamity be declared in order to allow the Province of Cebu to take proactive measures to mitigate the effect of the El Niño phenomenon, and the possible dry spell that may affect the province in June of this year,” said Provincial Board Member Celestino Martinez III, who authored the resolution approved unanimously by board members on Monday, May 25.
Based on the PDRRMC data, the towns most affected by the dry spell are Alcantara, Asturias, Carmen, Tabuelan, Argao, Borbon, Moalboal, Oslob, and Tuburan. These towns have declared a state of calamity in their localities.
The Local Government Code grants provincial boards the power to declare a state of calamity, with recommendations from the PDRRMC. – Rappler.com