The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) is closely monitoring signs of dry spell in Maguindanao, officials said Friday.
In the state weather bureau’s earlier reports, the province of Maguindanao is recorded as among the vulnerable areas in the country likely to be affected by the reported threat of El Niño.
“We are monitoring it, but as of now, there were no reported signs of new dry spell,” Lynette Estandarte, Maguindanao’s chief provincial budget officer and concurrent head of special relief operation team for disasters, told The Manila Times, citing previous calamities that hit the province this year.
In February, a dry spell struck Maguindanao, which was then followed by heavy rains in June.
Local agriculture officials reported the dry spell resulted in P800 million worth of damaged crops in 16 Maguindanao towns.