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South Cotabato placed under state of calamity

South Cotabato province has joined the growing number of local government units that have declared a state of calamity due to severe dry spell spawned by the El Niño phenomenon.

On Friday, the 14th Sangguniang Panlalawigan during its special session, unanimously approved the resolution passed by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) recommending the declaration of a state of calamity in the entire province.

The declaration would enable the provincial government to use its 2024 PDRRMF-IP Quick Response Fund (QRF) and 2024 PDRRMF-IP Special Trust Fund to assist the affected families and individuals.

Vice Governor Arthur Pingoy reported that damage to crops due to the prolonged drought in the province has already reached P157 million.

Pingoy said corn is the most affected crop with a total value loss of P124 million, rice production saw total damage of P16 million and other high-value crops incurred losses of P14 million.

The official also reported P38 million damage due to fire incidents.

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