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El Niño-affected barangays receive food assistance

| by: Cris Lanie Delos Reyes

The second leg of the Cebu Provincial Government’s assistance to El Nino victims benefited 1,241 residents of mountain barangays Manipis, Camp 4, Jaclupan, Tapul and Maghaway, all in Talisay.

On June 18, Provincial Agriculturist Roldan Saragena and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) Officer-In-Charge Baltazar Tribunalo headed the distribution of food packs and assorted vegetable seeds.

Tribunalo explained that this action of the province is the quickest response to the El Nino damage reports from the different local government units. “We can enforce mitigation but at the same time we have to adapt. We have to be prepared specially in times like this,” Tribunalo added.

Meanwhile, Saragena said El Niño is one of the devastating results of climate change. “For the farmers, we have to get used to this. Sa panahon nga ting-ulan, mo-init. Unya sa panahon sa ting-init, mo-ulan. During this time, we can plant short-term crops that do not consume large amount of water or we can do inter-cropping,” he added.

Saragena encourages everyone to plant vegetables in their own backyard or garden and to learn to catch and store rainwater.

Angie Tabal, 40, a beneficiary from barangay Jaclupan was very thankful to the provincial government’s immediate action. “Maayo kaayo kay nakakita  gyud ang probinsya sa mga sama namo. Dako kaayo kini nga tabang para kanamo,” shared Tabal.

For her part, Servellana Nisnisan, 53, was teary-eyed when she expressed her gratefulness for the food packs that she received. Nisnisan is a tablea-maker and a single parent striving hard to raise her family.

“Nagpasalamat ko og dako sa atong probinsya nga nakamugna sila niini nga aksyon alang sa mga ordinaryong tawo nga sama nako,”  Servellana said.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, (PSWDO) Officer-in-Charge  Rocelyn Zosa, Talisay City Mayor Johnny Delos Reyes and some of  the city councilors were also present during the distribution.