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NDRRMC releases Php 18.3 million funds for cloud seeding operations

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has released Php 18.3 million to regional offices of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in order to fund cloud seeding operations with the Philippine Air Force.

The NDRRMC has recommended the implementation of cloud seeding operations in Cagayan Valley and SOCSKSARGEN starting March 14, Wednesday, until May 21 in order to mitigate the effects of the El Niño phenomenon affecting the Philippines.

As of March 8, the data from DA showed that the effects of El Niño has caused Php 464.3 million worth of production loss and Php 22.918 million worth of volume loss.

Records also show that the El Niño has affected 13,679 hectares and 13,679 farmers in MIMAROPA, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, SOCSKSARGEN, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

 

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