Cebu under state of calamity due to drought

By Edgar Escalante, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas

Posted at May 26 2015 11:12 AM | Updated as of May 26 2015 07:12 PM

CEBU -- The Cebu Provincial Board has approved the recommendation submitted by Governor Hilario Davide III to put the entire province under a state of calamity.

Towns and cities in the province have been urging the provincial government of Cebu to push for the declaration since the weak El Niño has already dried up many farm lands and depleted water supply.

With the declaration, the province is expected to fast-track the release of more than P30 million from its Quick Response Fund (QRT), equivalent to 30% of its remaining calamity fund.

The amount will be distributed to areas which are affected by the drought.

Price freeze for commodities will also be implemented as a result of the declaration.

The Provincial General Services Office (PGSO) is also expected to buy drums and hoses for the LGUs.

Last week, the towns of Tuburan, Tabuelan, Argao, Moalboal, and Borbon were placed under a state of calamity.