The provinces of Quezon, Camarines Norte, Northern Samar and Samar, meantime have been experiencing drought, while Antique, Northern Cotabato and Sarangani are enduring a dry spell.
PAGASA defined drought as three consecutive months of way below normal rainfall condition or below 60 percent reduction in average rainfall, while a dry spell is defined as three-consecutive months of below normal rainfall condition or 21-60 percent reduction in average rainfall.
Meanwhile, areas that will likely experience a dry spell are Benguet, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Aurora, Metro Manila, Batangas, Laguna, Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, Romblon, Camarines Sur, Masbate Sorsogon, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Basilan and Maguindanao.
Farmers in Maguindanao province have been suffering from the brunt of a dry spell and complained that their farmlands were getting drier every day.
In Albay province, disaster officials are bracing for the onset of a dry spell that could trigger power outages, a drop in agricultural production and a rise in heat-related diseases, Gov.
She explained that one criteria in declaring a dry spell was three consecutive months of below normal rainfall, which would mean that they would need to wait until the end of March to determine if a dry spell has already been experienced in the province.