Zambo not on El Nino path but contingency plans set PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 11:19

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Western Mindanao, specifically Zamboanga City is not directly affected by the El Nino phenomenon but the local government through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) is initiating moves to mitigate the effects of the dry spell.

CDRRMO Chief and OIC City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said per advisory from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) headed by Undersecretary Alexander Pama, only 8 provinces will be directly affected by the drought and dry spell starting this December but other regions not on the list are also expected to closely monitor the situation and to come up with mitigating measures.

The provinces of Quezon, Albay, Camarines Norte, Antique, Northern Samar, Western Samar and North Cotabato will likely experience drought while 38 others may experience dry spell, based on the El Nino advisory issued by Pama.

“Western Mindanao or Region 9 is not directly affected but nonetheless, there is an instruction to all DRRMO offices to strictly monitor the situation and come up with mitigating measures,” Apolinario said during the Monday press briefing in City Hall.

As various have started implementing measures in anticipation of the reported severe drought and dry spell, the CDRRMO is organizing the El Nino Summit in January 2016 to be participated by all stakeholders to mitigate the adverse effects of the dry spell in the area.

Recall that the City Agriculturist Office under Diosdado Palacat has submitted his recommendations which were consequently approved by Mayor Beng Climaco for implementation to help farmers tone down effects of the dry spell if and when it will hit the city.

Among the recommendations is the purchase of 2 mobile drilling rigs to help ensure water in case the El Niño phenomenon or severe drought will strike anew.-- Sheila Covarrubias