Gov. Edgar M. Chatto convened the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) Thursday morning for a special meeting for its latest data collection and assessment on the current situation of the Province of Bohol due to El Nino.
An en masse resolution by different sectors and partner agencies requesting the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to declare Bohol under a State of Calamity the soonest time possible was then immediately passed.
Consequently, the SP which saw the pressing need for the declaration, unanimously approved during their Friday session said resolution.
Larry Pamugas, Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), reported during Thursday’s meeting the assessment results conducted by the Provincial Government’s El Nino Task Force.
He said that the El Nino phenomenon had already brought drought to Bohol since 2014.
But thanks to the Chatto-Lim Administration’s initiative of bringing in cloud seeding to our fields, farmers were able to store enough water for their crops.
As of Thursday morning, 27 towns have already submitted their respective collected data on the El Nino situation where the total estimated cost of damage reached P312,961,897.50.
The total amount came as a result of the almost 12,000 hectares of damaged rice fields, cornfields, high-value crops, aqua farms, livestock, poultry and the estimated decrease in milk production.
Although the province’s milk produce has attained its daily production at 1,000 liters a day, it is most important at this point to look for mitigating measures to keep the daily target production going.
Estimated damage cost for the First District is P30,479,552.50; Second District is P95,388,617.04; and for the Third Distrcit is P227,330,128.00.
Pamugas also reported that the extreme heat of fishpond waters prompted farmers to harvest their bangus produce earlier than usual.
The resolution for the declaration came as a result of the previous day’s Ka-ABAG 2ND Congress at the Bohol Cultural Center attended by 600 Boholano farmers requesting Gov. Chatto to declare Bohol under the state of calamity.
The Ka-ABAG is a major strategy and approach of the Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh) in attaining its goals in agriculture and fishery sectors for poverty reduction and peace and order campaign.
National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Regional Director Engr. Mario H. Sande disclosed the information that the province’s three major dams, namely the Malinao, Bayongan, and Kapayas, have reached critical levels.
Meanwhile, another motion, requesting the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) to provide Bohol with intensity meters which would be installed at the TaRSIER 117 headquarters, also got the same unanimous response from the body.
To cap things up, talks on putting up a PHIVOLCS/PGBh Fault Museum, a tourist cum learning center, here in Bohol are underway.
Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio II and Provincial DRM Officer Anthony Damalerio were also present during the discussions.
source: Janet Villarojo (EDCOM)