May 24, 2024

Ten El Niño-affected regions received P541 million worth of aid, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

In its update, the NDRRMC Regions 2 (Cagayan Valley), 4-B (Mimaropa), 5 (Bicol), 6 (Western Visayas), 7 (Central Visayas), 8 (Eastern Visayas), 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula), 12 (Soccsksargen), Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and the Cordillera received aid consisting of family food packs, rice, fuel, roofing sheets, generators and hygiene kits.

The El Niño phenomenon remains active and expected to persist until this month, according to Pagasa.

There are 131 cities and municipalities across the country that declared a state of calamity due to the effects of the El Niño phenomenon, as most of the areas are experiencing drought.

Earlier, the El Niño Task Force, chaired by Defense Sec. Gilberto Teodoro Jr., directed the Bureau of Fire Protection to ensure the fire safety of public hospitals and public health facilities.

He added that the BFP “must ensure a safe environment” especially for those seeking healthcare services and for medical-related professionals and workers. – PNA