In anticipation of El Niño: City Agri to purchase drilling rigs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:46

The City Agriculturist Office is set to purchase 2 mobile drilling rigs to help ensure water in case the El Niño phenomenon or severe drought, as forecasted by the weather bureau, will strike anew.

The drilling rigs, costing P1.2 million each, is part of the recommendations that City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat submitted and consequently approved by Mayor Beng Climaco, to help mitigate the adverse effects of possible severe drought.

“We are ready to meet the effects of the dry spell,” Palacat said stressing that the mayor has approved his recommendations to help and assist farmers in the city.

A mobile drilling rig is an equipment that is used to drill water wells and can be moved manually from one barangay to the other. The 2 drilling rigs will cost the city P2.4 million.

The papers for the purchase of the equipment are being prepared for bidding purposes in December, according to Palacat.

Cloud seeding is another option but the same is costly and has no sure-fire effects as compared to the drilling rigs, he added.

Meanwhile, the City Agriculturist revealed that not much damage has been reported in agricultural and fishery crops as a result of the recent inclement weather condition experienced in the city.

“The recent rains did not affect much our farmers,” Palacat said hoping that the forecasted dry spell will not also be much of a problem to the farmers and fisherfolk. — Sheila Covarrubias