Carles Mayor Siegfredo Betita and the barangay officials of Gigantes Island and neighboring island barangays confer with Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. on how they could avail of the province's calamity fund on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. The waters surrounding Gigantes Island were recently hit by red tide affecting the livelihood of fishermen in the area. Also joining the meeting are Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) chief Dr. Jerry Bionat (left) and Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Dennis Ventilacion (back to the camera).
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ILOILO – Villages in seven towns placed under state of calamity due to El Niño will be the first to avail of the Jetmatic hand pumps from provincial government, according to Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.
About 271 Jetmatic hand pump sets are expected to be distributed to households in severely affected villages in Dueñas, Sta. Barbara, Calinog, Estancia, Dingle, Bingawan and Miagao.
“The distribution will start as soon as the contract is awarded to the most qualified contractor,” announced Defensor in a press conference held at his office on Monday (May 23).
The Iloilo Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has approved a resolution recommending to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan that the entire province of Iloilo be placed under a state of calamity due to the onslaught of El Niño phenomenon. Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, upon the instruction of Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr., convened the PDRRMC for an emergency meeting yesterday (April 14, 2016) to address the adverse effects of El Niño in the province.