Don’t rely on gov’t to solve El Nino problems: CBCP official
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called for a collaboration between the Church and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help farmers who are affected by the El Nino in Mindanao.
Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, chairman of the CBCP-Permanent Committee on Public Affairs, said the people should not rely on government alone to solve the problems caused by drought and dry spell which are expected to worsen in the second quarter.
Arguelles said the Church and NGOs must help farmers recover from the effects of the El Nino.
“Ang solusyon diyan ay hindi naman magagawan ng paraan ng pamahalaan na maglagay ng tubig maliban doon sa low-range. Ang panawagan natin ay magtulungan ang mga tao dahil matindi talaga ang init diyan, hindi natin asahan ang gobyerno lalo na ng tutulong sa mga mahihirap ‘no way,’ ang problema ay pinapaasa ang mga magsasaka,” Arguelles said in an interview with Radio Veritas.
Losses due to El Nino has climbed to P5.32 billion as of early March, based on Department of Agriculture estimates.
The weather bureau expects more areas to suffer from drought and dry spell until June.