THE provincial government of Misamis Oriental is already ready to hand out P7,000 to each farmer affected by the El Niño-induced drought.
In his weekly press conference Monday (March 11), Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano said the agriculturist’s offices in each city and municipality are expected to submit a certified list of affected farmers to the Provincial Agriculturist’s Office (PAGRO) so the financial assistance could be disbursed immediately.
At the same time, Capitol will speed up the distribution of seeds, seedlings and fertilizers to farmers in Claveria municipality of corn, upland rice, vegetables and high-valued crops since this is the only locality in the province that is not affected with El Niño.
The Emano administration will likewise continue to distribute water pumps to farmers’ associations in the said municipality as this would serve as a buffer for food stocks for the entire province during the whole onset of El Niño.
“Lahi ang climate sa Claveria, they have a temperate climate there year-round, kada udto mag-ulan. It’s such a beautiful place nga makita nimo in one setting one part of the municipality the sun is shining, the other part is cloudy and the other part nag-fogs and raining. It’s very conducive to farm there,” Emano said.
Earlier, the country’s weather authority – Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) – forecast that the El Niño this year will last up to five months with 60 percent rainfall reduction. It is triggered by warming in the eastern Pacific Ocean.