Vice Mayor Rogerio C. Acle, presiding officer of the 18th Municipal Council of Mahinog
THE municipal government of Mahinog is now considering the possibility of declaring a state of calamity to deal with the worsening infestation of rats in several rice farms here.
Through a resolution passed by the municipal council last Monday, local officials are urgently asking the municipal agriculture office to assess the extent of the damage wrought by the infestation in the municipality’s rice areas and come up needs analysis to allow the local government to properly address the problem.
“State of Calamity” is a condition involving mass casualty and/or major damages to property, disruption of means of livelihoods, roads and normal way of life of people in the affected areas as a result of the occurrence of natural or human-induced hazard.
In same resolution the municipal council is also asking the Regional Office of the Department of Agriculture to immediately address the problem and to possibly provide for the procurement of rat baits or rodenticides to control rat infestation in the municipality which ravaged Mahinog rice farms putting in peril the people's food security.
The resolution was authored by Councilor Liberato E. Babanto, chairman committee on agriculture and unanimously approved by all councilors.