MISAMIS Oriental Provincial Board passed Monday a resolution urging the agriculture agency to integrate its priority measures in implementing emergency employment for farmers directly affected by El Niño.

The resolution proposes to intensify the existing Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (Cleep) in the region consistent with its thrust to protect the country’s most vulnerable sectors.

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Northern Mindanao has reactivated the Northern Mindanao Regional Task Force on El Niño phenomenon as ordered by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Aside from emergency employment, the resolution stated that the task force may also grant an alternative livelihood for farmers as priority interventions to reduce the adverse brunt of the El Niño phenomenon.

Vice Governor Norris Babiera, author of the resolution, said only directly affected farmers are qualified for the employment and or livelihood grant.

“They will be employed in the communal irrigation project, road projects and other farm related works,” Babiera told Sun.Star.

He said the DA regional office is authorize to utilize its resources for emergency needs like this as intervention programs to reduce the adverse wrought by El Niño.

The resolution proposes the task force to formulate a comprehensive disaster preparedness and rehabilitation plan to help the farmers cope with the phenomenon and minimize its disastrous effects and to monitor regularly the implemented plan. (ALR)