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BARMM placed under state of calamity due to El Niño

Bangsamoro government Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim has issued a proclamation, declaring a state of calamity in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) due to the harsh effects of El Niño.

Under Proclamation No. 002 s. 2024, the declaration will aid the affected communities and expedite the significant interventions of the interim government, including response operations and recovery efforts.

“This declaration will effectively control the prices of the basic goods and commodities for the affected areas and afford the BARMM and its LGUs (local government units) ample latitude to utilize and appropriate funds for rescue, recovery, relief, and rehabilitation efforts of, and to continue to provide basic services to, affected populations, in accordance with the law,” it read.

On Wednesday, May 1, the mainland BARMM recorded 39 °C of heat index according to the latest forecast of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The Proclamation also urged the concerned BARMM ministries, offices, and agencies (MOAs) to exert the necessary measures to address the ongoing calamity.

“All ministries and other government agencies concerned are hereby directed to implement and execute medical assistance, relief, and rehabilitation work in accordance with pertinent operational plans and directives,” it said.

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