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State of calamity declared

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council yesterday declared a state of calamity in Negros Occidental following P400 million in crop losses in the province brought on by the El Niño phenomenon.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon said the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has to officially approve the declaration in its session next week so funds can be released to assist farmers.

This will allow the province to use 30 percent of the quick response funds from its calamity fund to assist affected farmers, he said. moremoremore

Negros will go for Poe,
more joining her camp

Presidential aspirant Grace Poe yesterday asked Negrenses for their prayers and help to make an Ilonggo the next president of the Philippines.

“I know there are three Ilonggos running for president, but I hope you choose the youngest Ilonggo who is female,” she said, in reference to herself.

The two other Ilonggo presidential bets are Mar Roxas and Miriam Defensor Santiago. moremoremore


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P3.7B allotted for programs
to fight poverty in Negros

The Negros Island Region has an allocation of P3.7 billion this year to fund projects of the agency, including the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, or the Conditional Cash Transfer, Kalahi-CIDSS and for Sustainable Livelihood Development programs.

Department of Social Welfare and Development NIR regional director Shalaine Lucero said yesterday that covered under the Pantawid Pamilyang program throughout the region are 199,792 poorest among the poor families out of the target coverage of 244,951, based on the 2013 assessment. Lucero said she is hopeful the number of beneficiaries will be increased in the next administration. .moremoremore