According to Cebu City's Agriculture Department prepares for impact of El Niño | Cebu Daily News (inquirer.net), despite the fact that crop damage from the intense heat brought on by the start of the dry season has not yet been reported, Cebu City's Agriculture Department (CAD) is already preparing for the effects of the impending El Niño phenomena this year.
City Agriculturist Joey Baclayon said the City's Agriculture Department (CAD) has already acquired and distributed supplies and support to farmers as safeguards against the effect of the dry season. The CAD has a usual budget of P200 million for 2023.
“Despite the fact that they are already experiencing the heat, we have not recorded any crop problems. In our current condition, the heat will arrive first, but we will experience it last in the mountains, perhaps due to the altitude and the weather,” he said.
"If El Nio continues, we will put forth a proposal to the mayor for additional assistance to farmers," he continued.
28 mountain barangays in Cebu City now have at least 12,000 registered farmers.
According to Baclayon, the total agricultural output of farmers in Cebu City accounts for 40% of the city's overall food supply needs.