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PIA Press Release
2010/02/26

DOLE 6 sends personnel to El Nino affected towns

Iloilo City (26 February) -- About 20 personnel have been deployed by the Department of Labor and Employment 6 to the municipalities of the province of Iloilo heavily affected by the El Nino phenomenon to determine what possible interventions are needed starting last Wednesday, February 24.

DOLE 6 reported that the purpose of the visit was to meet and consult with stakeholders, and profile and assess the farmers? need for possible intervention.

DOLE 6 has prepared an emergency plan to mitigate the effects of the prolonged dry spell to farmers in the region whose crops were totally damaged. The plan includes providing emergency employment and livelihood assistance to heavily affected farmers in the said municipalities.

"Kailangan nating kumilos ng mabilis para masagot kaagad ang pangangailangan ng ating mga magsasakang naapektuhan ng mahabang tagtuyo," DOLE 6 Director Aida Estabillo said in the DOLE 6 press report.

She added that "Hindi natin alam kung hanggang kailan magtatapos ang mahabang tagtuyo, ang mahalaga ay mabigyan kaagad ng tulong ang mga nangangailangang magsasaka."

The municipalities visited by the DOLE personnel included Passi City, Sta. Barbara, Dingle, Pavia, Mina, Igbaras and Ajuy. These seven towns as validated by the Department of Agriculture are among the heavily affected in terms of land area and the numbers of farmers in the province.

According to the DOLE 6 report, some 30,563 farmers are now experiencing the effect of the dry spell from the 28 municipalities of Iloilo province which is the most affected among the provinces in the region. (PIA) [top]

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