The Cebu Provincial Government has seen the continued effect of the long dry spell, especially to the farmers, fishermen and animal raisers.
As a response, the Provincial Government made it sure that the distribution of the food packs and assorted vegetable seeds to the affected households extends throughout the province.
Last July 21, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office distributed 1,700 food packs and some assorted vegetable seeds to 15 barangays in the municipality of Moalboal.
Almost all of them were farmers with eight of the 15 barangays in Moalboal considered rural areas situated in the mountainous part of the municipality.
The municipality of Moalboal is composed of 15 barangays, namely Agbalanga, Bala, Balabagon, Basdiot, Batadbatad, Bugho, Buguil, Busay, Lanao, Poblacion East, Poblacion West, Saavedra, Tomonoy, Tuble, and Tunga.
A farmer coordinator under Farmer Scientist Training Program (FSTP) in barangay Balabagon, Moalboal, said that they have had hard times doing demo training due to the effects of the long drought.
Rustica Tibareao, 66, said that their banana trees and corn could not produce a good harvest. As a resort, they produce native mat to augment their source of income.
“Nangita gyud mi og pamaagi sa akong pares aron maka-kaon. Kining gipanghatag karon, dako gyud kini og ikatabang kanamo sa akong pamilya (My husband and I resorted to weaving to produce income. The food packs are a big help to our family),” she said.
Governor Hilario Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale with Mayor Inocentes Cabaron headed the distribution.
During his speech, Davide recalled the time when Moalboal was one of the areas hit by typhoon Seniang.
“Lahi na kaayo ang panahon. Karon init kaayo, sa sunod adlaw mobagyo lang og kalit. Kinahanglan kita magkat-on sa pagpangandam bisan sa mga ginagmay nga pamaagi (The weather is very unpredictable these days. Today is hot. Tomorrow, there could be a typhoon. We need to learn how to prepare for any weather),” Davide urged.
He emphasized during his speech that the Cebu Provincial Government continues to seek development in the response and rescue aspects under Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Office (PDRRMO).
The distribution of relief assistance was initiated by the Provincial Government as a result of the evaluation of the PDRRMO working hand in hand with Provincial Agriculturist Office (PAO), Provincial Veterinarian’s Office (PVO), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), and Provincial Health Office (PHO) regarding the stretch of the dry spell that the province is experiencing.
Meanwhile, Cristita Abear, 38, and Analyn Libato, 37, both from Barangay Buguil and farmers under FSTP, said their crops suffered from El Niño.
Abear said the supply of water for their crops was very limited that they had to get water from a spring three kilometers away from their place.
The same situation goes for Elizabeth Sambilad of Barangay Batadbatad where they had to get water kilometers away from their place by riding a horse.
“Daku among pasalamat sa atong gobyerno dili lang sa pagkaon nga ilang gihatag kundi sa pag-anhi og pagpakig-abag namong mga mang-uuma (We are grateful not just for the relief assistance but also for the concern that they have shown to us farmers),” Sambilad said.
PDRRMO Officer Baltz Tribunalo, Provincial Agriculturist Roldan Saragena, 2nd district PB members Christopher Baricuatro and Peter John Calderon, and the municipal officials were also present during the program.