Cebu learns from Kidapawan mess
The Cebu Provincial Board has declared a state of calamity to hasten the release of El Nino relief to the agriculture sector from its P33-million untouched calamity fund.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama earlier declared the city under a state of emergency due to water shortage in the hinterlands.
The Philippine News Agency quoted Cebu PB Member Grecilda Sanchez as saying that the province needs to help farmers affected by El Nino, especially those in the mountain barangays, to cope with the water shortage.
The Cebu provincial board member Alex Binghay said the council should prevent an incident similar to what happened in Kidapawan City last April 1, where three people were killed during the violent dispersal of a farmers’ protest.
The report said the Cebu Provincial Rapid Assessment Team will consolidate reports from an El Niño assessment team to serve as basis in deciding how much to give to affected communities.