Groups to discuss effects of El Nino

DIFFERENT government and non-government groups will present their recommendations today on the action plan for dealing with the effects of El Nino.

In an advisory, the Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) will host the Presentation of Lessons and Recommendations of the 2015- 2016 El Nino, in partnership with academic institutions, government offices like the Department of Agriculture, National Economic and Development Authority, among others; and the local government units of North Cotabato, Maguindanao, and Sultan Kudarat, whose farmlands were most affected by El Nino.

The event is spearheaded by Oxfam in the Philippines, a non-government group working in impoverished areas, as well as the University of the Philippines’ Center for Local and Regional Governance.

Last April, the Davao City Council approved the release of P31.5 million to purchase 15,000 sacks of rice for impoverished farmers in North Cotabato, after protesting farmers were dispersed by government forces last April 1.

In Davao City also, farmers were also affected by the dry spell that the city government approved the release of P3.9 million to purchase food stuff as assistance to the farmers in over 80 barangays late May.

“[The] aim is to present the lessons and get the reactions of affected LGUs and [national] agencies and, yes, agree on next steps especially in crafting the Philippine Development Plan under Pres. [Rodrigo] Duterte,” said Airah Cadiogan, representative for Oxfam in a text message.

The meeting will be at the Minda Conference Room at the Old Bangoy International Airport.

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