Cloud seeding likely to start this month PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:44

The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) Management, Department of Agriculture Regional Office and the City Agriculturist Office will collaborate for the conduct of cloud seeding operations to ease the effects of El Niño in Zamboanga City.

The  tripartite effort will likely start this month as the Department of Agriculture Regional Office, the City Agriculturist Office and the Zamboanga City Water District agreed to finance the rain-making project.

The three agencies, hardest hit by the prevailing hot dry spell have in principle agreed to raise the P4 million for a one-month cloud seeding operation in city.

Cloud seeding is a method of inducing rainfall by introducing chemical agents such as table salt into the clouds to force more precipitation and in turn produce rainfall or snow.

The city potable water supply has approached precarious levels standing at 73.22 meters as of yesterday morning.

Also, large tracks of farm lands have dried up in the city’a  east and west affecting the agricultural sector.

A better chance at success is now, when low lying clouds are still numerous as we are barely entering summer’ City agriculturist DiosdadoPalacat declared during a meeting with DA and water district officials yesterday at the ZCWD boardroom. A chance to bring rainfall to our watershed will hopefully regenerate our badly depleted water supply so water services to our consumers could improve’, ZCWD General Manager Leonardo Rey Vasquez said.

The City will course the project through the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council headed by Assistant City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario.

The City Agriculturist Office and the Water District will submit respective reports on the water shortage situation in calling for cloud seeding operations.

The mayor will approve the project which, along with a Council resolution declaring a state of calamity in the city, will be endorsed to the Department of Agriculture before it is sent to Malacanang for approval.

The water firm was represented by Vasquez, the DA Regional Office by Ronald Maravilla, the Provincial Coordinator for Zamboanga del Sur, Apolinario and Palacat were present during the meeting.

In a succeeding press briefing at City Hall yesterday , Mayor BengClimaco-Salazar said she will endorse for its approval. —  Ed Baños-CREAS/ZCWD