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Dalipe admin declares state of calamity in Zamboanga City due to dry spell

The Zamboanga City government under the leadership of Mayor John Dalipe has declared a state of calamity in the city due to adverse effects of the El Niño phenomenon.

The City Council has concurred the resolution of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) chaired by Dalipe, declaring the state of calamity.

Resolution 486 was unanimously approved by all members of the City Council during the regular session Monday, March 4. The Council’s concurrence makes the declaration of a state of calamity in Zamboanga City operational.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) Chief Elmeir Apolinario, who authored the CDRRMC resolution, said the declaration is based on the report of the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) stating that water shortage in the city is worsening due to the dry spell.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) has reported that the dry spell will persist until the end of this year’s second quarter before the city transitions into a near normal rainfall condition.

The declaration of the state of calamity will allow the ZCWD to utilize its calamity funds and mobilize resources and implement urgent measures to address the worsening water shortage.

It would also allow the barangays to utilize their 30 percent Quick Response Fund (QRF) in response to the impact of El Niño.

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