Legarda supports state of calamity declaration in Antique due to El Niño

April 21, 2024

Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda today supported the declaration of a state of calamity over her home province of Antique due to the worsening effects of the El Niño phenomenon.

Legarda pointed out that the approval will lead to the provision of vital resources and streamline assistance to the most affected, enabling the mobilization of emergency funds, implementation of critical interventions, and the provision of much-needed relief to Antiqueños.

“The declaration of a state of calamity underscores the urgent need for decisive action to address the worsening situation,” said Legarda.

“With each passing day, the impact of the drought becomes more severe, threatening the livelihoods and well-being of Antiqueños,” she added.

The latest data from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office has provided a snapshot of the worsening situation in the province.

About 12,600 families have been affected by the drought due to damaged crops from the extreme heat or destroyed houses.

In response to the distress caused by the El Niño phenomenon, the Department of Social Welfare and Development released about P5.4 million worth of food packs to affected families in Antique, which the senator believes is vital to alleviating their hardships and ensuring their well-being.

“The El Niño phenomenon has brought unprecedented challenges to Antique, leaving thousands of Antiqueños in dire need of assistance,” remarked the four-term senator.

“The declaration of a state of calamity in the entire province of Antique is a step towards healing,” asserted the four-term senator.

It may be recalled that last April 15, the Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) convened for an emergency meeting, which recommended the declaration.

This after the declaration of a state of calamity in Sibalom last March 13, Anini-y on March 27, Laua-an on April 12, San Remigio on April 16, and Tobias Fornier on April 17. (30)