Kidapawan City declares State of Calamity due to El Nino

Report
from Government of the Philippines
Published on 03 Feb 2016 View Original

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Feb. 3 (PIA) - The Sangguniang Panlungsod here has approved two resolutions placing this city under a state of calamity due to the El Nino phenomenon.

Approved during a special session on Tuesday morning were Resolution No. 16-029 and Resolution No. 12-030.

Both legislations call for the approval of declaring the city under the state of calamity and authorizing City Mayor Joseph Evangelista to use a portion of the Php4-million Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund for the implementation of the El Nino Calamity Intervention program

Last week, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council passed a resolution addressed to the SP to declare a state of calamity, considering the damage that dry spell has wrought on the city’s agriculture sector.

City Agriculturist Nesmari Espejo, in his report, said over Php 30 million damage to crops have been recorded from farming villages in this city.

This translates to more than 11,000 families or about 25% the number of the city's total population affected by the dry spell, as certified by the City Social Welfare and Development Office in a separate report.

The dry spell has affected the livelihood of mostly tenant and marginal farmers, laborers, and indigent workers, as stated in SP Resolution number 16-030.

With the approval of both mentioned SP resolutions, the City Government can now facilitate the Food for Work Assistance under the El Nino Calamity Intervention Program.

Heads of the indigent families affected by the dry spell will help the City Government in its Anti Dengue, Rat Tail and Anti- Black Bug Campaigns as well as Canalization of water ways going into the farming villages.

In return, each beneficiary will receive 13 kilograms of rice from the City Government for the services rendered under the intervention program. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from Kidapawan City Information Office)