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2 more South Cotabato towns under state of calamity

The towns of Surallah and Banga in South Cotabato province have been placed under the state of calamity in the wake of the huge agricultural losses caused by severe dry spell spawned by the El Niño phenomenon.

Surallah Vice Mayor Antonio Bendita said the Sangguniang Bayan unanimously approved Resolution No. 145 declaring the state of calamity in the entire municipality.

The resolution stated that the damage in their agriculture and fisheries sector have already cost more than P71 million.

“Based on the information from the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist as of March 31, 2023, a total of 1,178 farmers are affected and 999 hectares of agriculture and fisheries are damaged,” it read.

Meanwhile, the local council of Banga also approved the recommendation from the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to place the town under a state of calamity due to extreme weather conditions.

Earlier this week, the Sangguniang Bayan of Tboli also approved Municipal Resolution No. 51 that stated the severe weather has badly hit the town and dried up its irrigation system.

“The occurrence of such unfavorable circumstances call for immediate attention and intervention,” the resolution read. The local government unit intends to use its P8 million calamity fund to aid affected residents.

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