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El Niño damage now P120M
5 May, 1998  The Visayan Daily Star

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     Crop damage from the long dry spell brought on by the El Niño has reached P120,616,121.77 in Negros Occidental, Gov. Rafael Coscolluela said yesterday.
     Aside from the provincial government, Moises Padilla, Isabela and Hinigaran and 33 barangays have declared states of calamity in their areas, Coscolluela said.
     He said this will allow local governmentÂ’s to release assistance to drought-hit victims through the Philippine National Red Cross.
     The report of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist released yesterday showed the following crop damage: rice - P106,885,015.75, corn - P12,519,302.52 and vegetables and other crops - P2,211,803.50.
     Production loss in rice is 13,503.91 MT in 23 towns and cities identified as San Carlos - P4,064,550, Calatrava - P1,184,175, Sagay City - P4,234,080, Cadiz - P8,779,700, Silay City - P1,264,569.60; Murcia - P2,956,620, Bago City - P3,504,480, Pulupandan - P198,000, Valladolid - P11,069,014, San Enrique - P185,040, Pontevedra - P3,522,750, La Carlota - P875,400, Moises Padilla - P11,478,800, Isabela - P3,574,935; Hinigaran - P1,228,800, Binalbagan - P5,956,080, Himamaylan - P5,353,650, Kabankalan - P8,712,000, Ilog - P7,938,645, Candoni - P9,856,000, Cauayan - P5,219,634.90, Sipalay - P2,087,910 and Hinoba-an - P3,640,182.25.
     Corn loss was estimated at 2,000.27 MT in 15 towns and cities.
     The affected areas are San Carlos - P212,400, Calatrava - P1,605,668, Escalante - P528,750, Sagay City - P1,730,580, Cadiz - P796,100, Silay City - P603,375, Murcia - P1,101,520, Valladolid - P62,300, Isabela - P305,000, Kabankalan - P1,252,580, Ilog - P1,520,879, Candoni - P578,980, Cauayan - P635,142,52, Sipalay - P308,541 and Hinoba-an - P1,279,487.
     Areas where damages to vegetables were reported are: Toboso - P13,280, Silay City - P2,020,846, Murcia - P15,750, Ilog - P99,840 and Cauayan P62,087.50.
     Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, OIC Provincial Health Officer, said his office is monitoring cases of malnutrition brought on by the dry spell but their delivery of services is hampered by the Commission on Election ban that requires them to go through the PNRC to prevent electioneering.
     Tumimbang said that aside from malnutrition, among the illnesses brought on by the dryspell as gastroenteritis and diarrhea because of the lack of potable drinking water. Coscolluela said that, aside from the PNRH, health related NGOs can also be tapped to help.
     Coscolluela said an updated list of those suffering from malnutrition is set to be completed and a feeding program will be undertaken.
     Meanwhile, Coscolluela said 35 bags of rice have been released to some sugar workers of La Carlota, La Castellana, Moises Padilla, and Talisay.
     Coscolluela said the barangays that have declared states of calamity are Murcia - Amayco, Canlandog, Salvacion, Talogtog, Igla-unan, Alegria, Sta. Rosa and Pandanon-Silos; Kabankalan - Magballo and Pinaguinpinan; La Castellana - Sag-ang, Lalagsan, Mansalanao, Manghanay, Camandag, Cabagna-an and Masulog; Candoni - East Poblacion, Caningay, Payauan, Agboy, West, Haba and Banga; Himamaylan - Buenavista; Cadiz - Banquerohan; Pontevedra - Cambarus; Moises Padilla - Quintin Remo; Ilog - Tabu and Canlamay; Isabela - San Agustin; Sagay - Maquiling; and Salvador Benedicto - Kumaliskis. 

Carla P. Gomez

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