MANILA -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has approved the recommendation of declaring a state of calamity in Mindanao amid worsening power crisis in the island due to dry spell.

Mindanao Development Authority chairman Jesus Dureza, who is with the President in Zamboanga del Norte, confirmed this report in a text message Thursday.

By declaring a state of calamity, local government units will able to use five percent emergency funds to solve the power shortage in Mindanao that is already slowing down productivity of the province. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)