The local government of Lambunao has placed the entire town under a state of calamity due to the effect of El Niño.
Mayor Jason Gonzales said he signed a resolution for the declaration of state of calamity yesterday, April 8.
The estimated cost of damage to agriculture was pegged at P164.11 million.
The extreme heat brought about by the weather phenomenon damaged rice, corn, banana, and vegetable farms in the town. It has so far affected 3,588 farmers.
Gonzales said the declaration would give them access to the P9-million fund.
A large portion of the calamity fund, according to the mayor, would be used to help 4,140 waterless households.
Lambunao is the second town in Iloilo province that declared a state of calamity.
Last month, Bingawan made the declaration.IMT