City gears up for return of El Niño PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 September 2015 10:55

by vic larato

The city government will soon convene the members of its Task Force El Niño in preparation for the return of the dry spell towards the last quarter of this year as announced by the weather bureau.

Mayor Beng Climaco said the TF El Niño together with the City Agriculturist Office and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) will have to convene to anticipate another dry season.

“Very important, we have a plan of action or mitigating measures to cushion the adverse effects of drought not only on our agriculture sector but our water resources as well,” Climaco said.

She stressed that in times of drought “we need to make sure that we have enough if not continuous supply of potable water for our people.

The chief executive pointed out that El Niño, a term for severe drought, is a weather phenomenon that cannot be prevented and it follows the cycle of the climate change.

To recall, a long dry spell hit Zamboanga City sometime March to June, this year that caused heavy damage to farmlands and agri-fishery products, to include water resources that also resulted in the implementation of water rationing scheme.

“We should be prepared to use our emergency resources and adapt to the climate change,” Climaco said when interviewed yesterday morning at the “Dia del Alcalde” outreach mission in Barangay Talon-Talon.

Yesterday’s mission, which was the second for Talon-Talon, was intended for the Ilonggo community of the barangay as requested by Chairman Teodyver Arquiza. — Vic Larato