The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Palawan declared the province of Palawan in a state of calamity due to El Niňo today, May 24, 2016 in its 140th regular session. This followed the resolution by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) last week requesting the August Body for such declaration.
Based on the resolution of PDRRMC, there are about 22, 130 hectares of standing crops in the whole province that were damaged by El Niňo, affecting 7, 145 farmers, and with PhP 414 million estimated loss.
According to Roselee Buenconsejo of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) there are teams ready for dispatching anytime today to conduct post disaster needs assessment (PDNA) in the municipality of Roxas, Dumaran and Taytay which already declared state of calamity before election. Aside from the said towns, assessments will also be conducted in other municipalities that are considered greatly affected by drought such as Balabac, Bataraza, Brooke’s Point, Sofronio Espaňola, Narra, Quezon, San Vicente, Coron, Araceli and Busuanga.
PDNA is conducted to determine the current status of the effects of drought, interventions by the local government unit at the municipal level and other particular aspects that the provincial government can be of help.
Initially, the recommended assistance to the “victims” of El Niňo include the provision of seedlings, fertilizers, biologics or vaccines, small-scale irrigation project, emergency employment, food augmentation and livelihood assistance.