Monday, August 13, 2007

Pangasinan defers declaration of state of calamity

Pangasinan defers declaration of state of calamity
by Glenrose @ 3:05 pm. Filed under News

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, (PNA) - Save by the bell.

This literally happened when heavy downpour came as the provincial board, in a special session last August 9, was about to declare a state of calamity for the province due to the prolonged dry spell in Northern Luzon.

This prompted Provincial Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario to withdraw his resolution, saying his proposed measure was already overtaken by events.

That was not the first big rain felt in the province this August. In fact, it had been raining since August 5.

But admittedly the hardest happened last August 9, when several low-lying areas like Sta. Barbara, were reeling under the threat of flood.

The proposed resolution placing the province under the state of calamity was filed by Rosario at the request of Gov. Amado Espino Jr.

Espino earlier made the request due to a very discouraging report from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) that only half of the total rice land in Pangasinan has been planted due to shortage of water.

Philippine News Agency

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