Agriculture NegOr braces for El Niño

INFOBYTES

The Office of the Provincial Agriculture (PAO) here is preparing for the possible effects of El Niño.

In a Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) meeting, local PAGASA Chief Neptune Catarata said a weak El Niño is present in the tropical Pacific and will likely affect the province with below normal rainfall conditions. With this, Provincial Agriculturist Nestor Villaflores presented some mitigating measures to lessen the impact of the heat wave in the province.

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NegOr Guv affirms sustainable fisheries
By Roi Lomotan

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo an accomplished fisherman himself,  upheld the provincial government’s mandate to conserve and protect the province’s fishery resources by signing the commitment on sustainable fisheries in a simple ceremony held at Silliman University (SU) recently.

The signing of the document was the highlight of the fellowship activity hosted by the implementers of Fish Right (FR) Program in SU for its partners in Negros Oriental and counterparts in University of Rhode Island in the U.S.A.  In his short message, Gov. Degamo said the FR project will be an opportunity for agencies to synergize their efforts towards a sustainable fish harvest.

Enhance women’s skills vs violence
By Roi Lomotan

The city’s Local Council on Women (LCW) aims to improve the skills of Violence against Women (VAW) Desk officers in the barangays through capability-building activities and orientations this month.

LCW Chair Rosalinda Abellon said the activities aim to enhance the capabilities of barangay VAW desk officers in handling women survivors of gender-based violence. City Prosecutor Lalaine Cimafranca noted that a lot of things still need to be done in terms of how Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) cases are handled in courts. “It needs a lot of improvement in the initial response, documentation process, monitoring and in the full prosecution of cases ug ang pinaka-importante is after care.  Kung wala ang pinaka-last na after care, it will come as a repetitive cycle,” Cimafranca explained.