Top news of the day: 12, 820 Voted on OAV’s First Day said DFA and Cebu Declares ‘State of Calamity’ Due to El Niño

12, 820 voted on OAV’s first day said DFA


                Almost 12, 820 partial total of overseas Filipino voters participated on the first day of Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) last Saturday April 9, according to Department of Foreign Affairs-Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS).
                As of 7:30 p.m. of April 12, the total number of overseas voter already reached 27, 620 voters on its third day, the DFA said.
                Hong Kong registered the highest number of voters with 9, 167 as of 2:30 p.m. of April 11, followed by Middle East and Africa with 7, 159, Europe with 1, 927 and America with 107.

                Overseas registered voters can vote until 5 p.m. of May 9, 2016.

Cebu declares ‘state of calamity’ due to El Niño

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                The Provincial Board (PB) of Cebu passed a resolution declaring that the whole province of Cebu is under a ‘state of calamity’ because of damages in agricultural sector because of El Niño.
                        According to Cebu PB Member Grecilda Sanchez, the author of the resolution, the declaration of a state of calamity will rush the release of ₱33 million budget for the calamity fund this year.
                        The declaration of state of calamity according to PB Member Alex Binghay, is an action needed to provide enough supply of water for the farmers and to avoid the incident happened in Kidapawan City in which three were killed in farmer’s protests.
                        Earlier this year, the City Mayor Michael Rama also declared the city in a state of emergency because of the shortage of the water supply.