Help Sought for Cloudseeding

The provincial government of Negros Occidental is seeking the help of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala for cloudseeding operations in the province.

BACOLOD CITY Councilor Claudio Jesus “Kalaw” Puentevella (center) receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Medical Director and Doping Control Head Prof. Alejandro Pineda, Jr., City Health Medical Officer V Dr. Ma. Luz Maapni, City Health Office Vice Chief Dr. Jovy Vergara and PSC Orthopedic Consultant Dr. Randolph Molo during conference in the Awareness and Community Campaign on Anti-Doping in Philippine Sports yesterday.* (CMO-PIO photo)

HINOBA-AN. Municipal Mayor Ernesto Estrao inducts the new officers and members of the Municipal Advisory Council of Hinoba-an on March 11, 2015 at the Mayor’s Office. Ptr. Daniel Salcedo delivered the invocation, while SPO2 Dionisio G. Villanueva gave the welcome address. Roberto V. Indiape, Jr. introduced the inducting officer. The Council is composed of Eduardo G. Lutao, chairman MLGOO, SB Francisco G. Ramos, Vice Chairman for Peace and Order; Brgy. Chairman Letecia S. Estrao, Women and Brgy. Affairs; Mrs. Lydabel Cabarles - Education Sector; Pastor Daniel Salcedo - Religious Broadcast Media; Hernani D. Narciso HMC and Business sectors; Ildefonso B. Caballero of NDB/NPC – Print media; Ptr. Atadero – Religious sector; Al Michael M. Delfin, Student and Youth Affairs; Rene T. Pat – Fisherfolks and Jonathan Tumilba – Transport.*

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said the DA “has lot of money and they know about the technical matters.”

“We are willing to give share if needed as we have budget for contingency but it may be enough compared to what is needed,” Marañon said.

Farmers in the province especially the sugar farmers has requested government cloudseeding assistance mitigate the effect of the prolonged dry spell in the province.

Sugar Regulatory Administrator (SRA) Ma. Regina Martin-Bautista, in a letter to Marañon coursed through the office of Provincial Agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan, said the request of SRA for cloudseeding is imperative so it will not affect the next cropping season.

Martin said the total area planted to sugarcane in Negros Occidental is 188,569.66 hectares, and, except for Lopez and Sagay-Danao Mill District, where 50 percent of the area is affected, the rest of the district are in great need of cloudseeding.

SRA records show that the priority areas for the cloudseeding operation would be about 69,582.39 hectares of sugarcane plantation in southern Negros; 52,528.00 hectares for Central Negros; and 48,798.56 for northern Negros.

However, the Governor pointed out that “cloudseeding is not perfect.”

“Sometimes when blown by the wind, rains drops at the sea,” Marañon said.*