BIEN-UNIDO, Bohol – The continuing dry spell that brought about extreme heat believed to be the result of weak El Nino phenomenon has taken toll to the seaweeds farms in the faraway barangays Hingutanan island, off this town, about an hour by motorized banca from this seaweed capital town. In his radio program last night, Antonieto Pernia, a trusted lieutenant of Congressman Aris Aumentado, bared this latest report that indeed seaweeds farms in the island, comprised of Hingutanan East and Hingutanan West, are destroyed by extreme heat.
The dire situation worsened by the fact that inhabitants here badly need water to drink and other uses, Pernia said. Islanders mainly rely on rain water being deposited thru rain collector to the cisterns.
But Congressman Aumentado came in rescue of the seaweed farmers by pitching fund assistance in the amount of Php150,000 sourced out from the Department of Labor and Emplyment, Pernia said.
But the financial assistance may not be sufficient for the islanders’ daily bread because they have no income as their plantations are adversely affected by the dry spell, he said.
Congressman Aumentado left no choice but to take some cash from his own pockets just to relieve the residents of the island. But the mere presence of the solon has lighten the worry of the islanders, Pernia said.
The congressman’s entourage was supposed to get back to mainland at early evening but they had to stay longer on the island just to be with the islanders and it relieved them, he said.
Pernia has called on officials concerned, including provincial board member Atty. Tomas D, abapo, Jr., who hails fron this island, to take action to help rescue the sad plight of the seaweeds farmers.
Bohol News Today tried but failed to contact Mayor Nino Rey Boniel for comments. (rvo)