Northern Palawan towns declare state of calamity due to El Niño

Northern Palawan towns declare state of calamity due to El Niño

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY -– The northern Palawan municipality of Roxas is next in declaring a “state of calamity” due to the effects of the El Niño phenomenon, one of which is dried up water sources.

Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Jerry Alili confirmed Wednesday the declaration of Roxas under a state of calamity following the approval on May 2 of an ordinance pertaining to it by the Sangguniang Bayan.

Alili said Roxas has now become thirsty for water, and about 819 hectares of farm and agricultural lands have also been affected by the long dry spell.

The municipal government, he explained, is serious in its plan to put water pumps in barangays in Roxas, where there are sources of water to be able to deliver to other areas.

At present, he said they are rationing water with the help of the fire trucks of the Municipal Fire Station (MFS), and are contemplating on packing relief goods for distribution to families just in case they need food support since they cannot till their farmlands.

Aside from Roxas, the northern towns too, of Dumaran and Taytay, have proclaimed states of calamity due to El Niño.

According to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), the basic challenge that the El Niño has for an effect is the problem in water supply.

If it does not rain soon enough over Palawan, more municipalities might also be declared under a state of calamity. PNA/