ONGOING cloud-seeding operations have again brought moderate rainfall to three local government units (LGUs) in southern Negros Occidental on Wednesday, May 4.
Corazon Ditarro, engineer II of Agro-Hydrology and Rain Simulation Section of the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM), said that at around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, moderate rains that lasted for 45 minutes were felt in Pontevedra town and the cities of La Carlota and Sipalay.
La Carlota had been experiencing rains since Sunday, when the operation started, while Pontevedra and Sipalay were among the 13 other areas in Negros Island Region that initially felt cloud-seeded rains on Monday and Tuesday.
Others were the cities of San Carlos, Cadiz, Talisay, Bacolod, Bago, and Kabankalan, and municipalities of San Enrique, Hinigaran, Moises Padilla and Hinoba-an in Negros Occidental, as well as Mabinay town in Negros Oriental.
Ditarro said the DA has so far consumed seven hours of the 45-hour cloud seeding operations that has a budget of P2 million.
“Our monitoring with the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) as well as with all city and municipal governments continues, especially on validating reports of rains felt in their respective localities due to our cloud seeding operations,” she said.
The cloud seeding operations were conducted in collaboration with the OPA, DA in Negros Island Region, the Sugar Regulatory Administration, and the Philippine Air Force Weather Group.
For Negros Occidental alone, damage and losses in the agro-fishery sector were pegged at almost P415 million. The province was placed the under state of calamity in April. (EPN)