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Famine in Basilan

MANILA (SE): Bishop Martin Jumoad, from Basilan in Mindanao, is describing the situation in his drought-stricken diocese as a famine.

“The Church and state must collaborate to help those who have no rice and have nothing to eat,” he told CBCP News. “All of us have a societal responsibility.”

Teduray tribal people in the town of South Upi in Maguindanao province reported at the beginning of February that the ongoing drought is threatening their sources of food.


Several provinces of Mindanao have already started to feel the effect of the El Niño phenomenon, which is causing unusually dry weather. The weather bureau has warned that up to 85 per cent of the country will experience drought during this month.

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