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Despite the expected rainfalls this month, it is not yet advisable for farmers to resume planting, the state weather agency said.

Sonny Pajarilla, the provincial head of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), made the announcement Friday during the second quarter meeting of the Puerto Princesa City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC).

“Hindi pa [advisable na mag-tanim na sila dahil] po unang ulan pa lang at tigang pa ang ating lupa. At least [dapat po ay] mayroon na tayong significant amount of rainfall na bumabagsak [before sila mag-resume]. Usually, ang unang bagsak niya maramihan, [pero] ang problema ay ‘yong sustainability,” Pajarilla said.

He said the drought alert will be lifted from the city at the end of May.

“Hindi pa po advisable na mag-tanim na agad sila pag-buhos lang po ng ulan,” he said.

Pajarilla said that when rainfall is sustained until the end of May, they will issue an announcement for farmers.

Farmers must observe five days of continuous rainshowers in a specific farm area before deciding to resume planting, he said