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8 provinces, 31 areas under state of calamity due to El Niño

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – More than 35 areas across the country are now under state of calamity due to the effects of El Niño.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), eight provinces and 31 cities and municipalities have recorded extreme damage in agriculture, particularly corn and palay, with an estimated value of P5.051 billion pesos.

The areas under state of calamity are:

CAR – Paracelis, Mt. Province

REGION II- Dupax del Norte, Nueva Viscaya

CALABARZON – Quezon Province

MIMAROPA – San Jose and Rizal, Occidental Mindoro ; Sta Cruz, Marinduque

REGION V – Camarines Sur

REGION VI – Lambunao and Bingawan, Iloilo; Murcia, Negros Occidental

REGION VII – Cebu

REGION IX – Zamboanga City

REGION XII  –  COTABATO Alamada, M’lang, Pikit, Aleosan, Magpet, Tulan, Arakan, Cotabato, Matalam, Kidapawan City, Lutayan, Sulatan Kudarat; Alabel Sarangani; Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat; T’Boli, South Cotabato; Sultan Kudarat Province

MAGUINDANAO, BARMM

Paglat, Sultan Kudarat; Matanog; Datu Abdullah Sangki ; Pagalungan; Upi ; Ampatuan Province of Basilan

About 164,000 farmers and over 177, 000 hectares of farmlands are now affected, the NDRRMC said.

Meanwhile, the water level in Angat Dam continues to recede due to El Niño.

According to PAGASA, water reserve in Angat Dam has dropped by half a meter to 185.15 meters on Wednesday (April 17) as compared to its measurement yesterday.

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) advised farmlands to brace for the possible cut in irrigation once the water level in Angat Dam further drops to 180 meters as the agency opts to prioritize water requirement in Metro Manila. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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Agri damage almost P8-B due to El Niño—NDRRMC

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2019

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported almost P8 billion worth of agricultural damage due to El Niño.

The NDRRMC’s report, released on Friday (May 3), estimated that agricultural damages went up to P7.962 billion. The affected areas include Regions CAR, I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, Vl, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII and BARMM.

READ: More areas under state of calamity due to effects of El Niño

There are currently 43 local government that declared a state of calamity due to the severe drought.

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El Niño damage to agriculture hits P8-B

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, April 26th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) latest data showed damage and losses from the persistent weak El Niño to have reached P7.96 billion.

This covers damage in 277,890 hectares of agricultural areas that has affected 247,610 farmers and fisherfolks.

Crops that suffered the most damage were rice (with volume loss recorded at 191,761MT or P4.04B) and corn (with volume loss at 254,766MT or P3.89B).

The affected regions include Cordilleras, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

But according to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, the said amount of damage is only less than one percent of the 20-million MT expected production of palay this year and 3% of the 8.64-million MT target in corn production.

“Ang El Niño less than 1% ang damage to our rice crops. That’s why this year, we are still projecting that we will harvest a record harvest of 20-million metric tons. That will be the highest target,” Piñol said during an interview in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on Friday (April 26).

Cloud seeding operations are now ongoing in drought-affected areas. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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PAGASA: 17 provinces face drought due to El Niño

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, April 26th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced Thursday (April 25) that 11 provinces in Luzon and six provinces in Visayas may experience drought by end of May due to prolonged weak El Niño.

These areas include Bataan, Metro Manila, Cavite, Marinduque, Romblon, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon in Luzon and Aklan, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, and Samar in Visayas.

Meanwhile, three provinces in Visayas – Bohol, Cebu, and Southern Leyte – may experience dry spell by end of May.

PAGASA defined drought as three consecutive months of below normal (60 percent reduction from average) rainfall condition or five consecutive months of below normal (21 to 60 percent reduction from average) rainfall condition.

A dry spell is described as three consecutive months of below normal (21 to 60 percent reduction from average) rainfall condition or two consecutive months of way below normal (more than 60 percent reduction from average) rainfall condition.

PAGASA said a total of 41 provinces are currently experiencing drought.

The weather bureau also noted that the weak El Niño still persists and may continue until August this year. – Marje Pelayo

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