Some barangays in the municipality of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, including Central and San Agustin, have been placed under state of calamity due to severe drought caused by El Niño.
Per reports, rivers in San Jose have dried up which has affected the irrigation of their rice fields.
The Provincial Agriculture Office has also recommended declaring a state of calamity all over Occidental Mindoro due to the damages caused by El Nino in the agriculture of the province.
Local officials estimate that Php 31 million worth of crops in the province have been affected by El Niño.
On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Adminsitration (PAGASA) warned the public of a full-blown El Niño either this month or in March.
PAGASA said that, in the past three months, rainfall analysis showed that the provinces of Western Mindanao and Ilocos Norte are experiencing the impacts of below normal rainfall conditions.
The weather monitoring agency anticipates the El Niño to be weak and ‘will likely result to below normal rainfall conditions in different parts of the country in the coming months.