President Marcos Jr. extends aid to South Cotabato amid El Niño crisis

During his visit to General Santos City on Friday, May 10, 2024, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. handed over P50 million to South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. The allocation is designated as presidential assistance for farmers, fisherfolk, and families affected by the ongoing El Niño crisis in the region.

On April 26, 2024, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of South Cotabato authorized the declaration of a state of calamity for the entire province in response to the escalating effects of El Niño. Particularly hard-hit are five towns in South Cotabato—Banga, Norala, Surallah, Tantangan, and Tboli—which have similarly declared states of calamity. Preliminary assessments conducted by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) of South Cotabato reveal significant damage across crops, livestock, and infrastructure.

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