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No need yet to put GenSan under state of calamity – official

The city government of General Santos is not yet considering a state of calamity declaration despite taking a toll due to the prolonged El Niño weather phenomenon.

City Administrator Franklin Gacal on Tuesday highlighted the local government’s preparations to mitigate the impact of dry weather on the city.

The dry spell caused by El Niño has reportedly affected 100 hectares of General Santos’ agricultural lands. The city has a total of 11,000 hectares of land classified as agricultural.

“Sa kabila ng matinding init na dinaranas ng GenSan, hindi ito nalagay sa ‘state of calamity’. Ito ay dahil sa naging handa ang lokal na gobyerno sa pamumuno ni Mayor Lorelie G. Pacquiao,” Gacal posted on Facebook.

Gacal said as early as July of last year, the city government placed protocols to mitigate the effects of El Niño.

“Noong July 24,2023, pinirmahan ni Mayor Pacquiao ang isang memorandum na gumawa ng City Agri-Fishery El Nińo Task Force na gumawa, nagmonitor at nag-implement ng El Niño Mitigation and Adaptation Plan para sa syudad,” Gacal added.

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