Cebu provincial gov’t approves risk management plan for El Niño

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THE CEBU Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has approved the plan for mitigating the impact of the prolonged dry season due to El Niño. In a statement, the provincial government did not indicate the amount that would be allocated for the measures, but noted that the PDRRMC has a P255.266 million budget for this year. The total fund includes the PDRRMC’s unspent P58.266 million trust fund for 2018, which has been approved for reprogramming this year. “Upon the recommendation and motion of PDRRM officer Baltazar Tribunalo, the council chaired by Gov. Hilario P. Davide III, during its first quarter meeting, approved the implementation of the El Niño preparedness measure,” the local government said. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration has reported that the current warming condition has been recorded since the fourth quarter of 2018 and may reach its peak in March to May this year.