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More aid sought for El Nino affected areas

Additional aid is being sought for farmers affected by droughts due to El Nino as damage to crops continues to rise nationwide.

Cotabato Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo asked the international community to help the farmers who are suffering from drought, not only in the Philippines but also in Africa.

Bagaforo said richer countries like the US and those in Europe may be able to spare some funds for the needs of the farmers.

The Department of Agriculture asked for the release of an additional P1.3 billion from the budget department and the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) to mitigate the effects of the El Nino.

Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations and Agribusiness Emerson Palad asked the additional funding will also be used to prepare for the onset of La Nina, which will follow El Nino.

The DA has appealed to Malacañang to release P769 million for the mitigation of drought season and preparation for La Niña.

It has also requested for the replenishment of the P500 million Quick Response Fund for its disaster response efforts.

Palad said the DA has used up its QRF worth P370.08 million.

Reports said the damage to crops due to El Nino and pest infestation has reached P12.11 billion.


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