Close to 40 thousand farmers and fisher folks received intervention through the ongoing El Niño Relief Assistance of the Capitol.
Since June, the Capitol already distributed relief packs to 293 barangays of the 18 local government units (LGUs) affected by the El Niño in the province of Cebu.
The distribution will continue next month, according to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).
Provincial Board (PB) Member Peter John Calderon said the farmers should be ready at all times even if it is raining these days.
“Bisan tinuod ug ulan-ulan karon, dili ta angay mokompyansa,” said Calderon, who led the distribution in Ginatilan town with PB Member Christopher Barricuatro last September 24.
The prolonged dry spell, according to Pag-asa, would persist until the first quarter of next year.
About 2,000 farmers in nine barangays of Ginatilan received relief packs of rice, canned goods and noodles.
The pupils of Ginatilan were also given school supplies to partially cover their school expense. The children’s parents are mostly farmers and fisher folk.
The farmers were also given 650 sachets of vegetable seeds from the Capitol through the Provincial Agriculturist’s Office. Another set of vegetable seeds were distributed for the farmers in Barangay Anao, Salamanca, and Cambagte, who were affected by typhoon Queenie and Seniang last year.
Farmers of each barangay of the town also received five (5) bags of open-pollinated variety corn seeds.
Earlier, the provincial government declared the province of Cebu under a state of calamity after water sources across the province dried up due to the higher temperature of mild El Nio last summer.
Aside from relief packs, the Capitol also distributed plastic drums in the affected barangays for water storage.
In Malabuyoc, the Capitol has started constructing its first ever water impounding facility as one of the mechanisms to lessen the effects of the mild El Niño.