Lilia responds to El Niño’s devastating effects in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 January 2016 13:24

Responding to the El Niño phenomenon now intensifying in Zamboanga City and in other parts of the country, District 2 Congresswoman Lilia M. Nuño has scheduled an emergency conference with officials of different government agencies to discuss measures that will mitigate the devastating effects of the dry spell.

In press briefing Saturday, Rep. Nuño said she will set the meeting soonest to see what measures can be implemented in District 2 to minimize the impact of El Niño to agricultural crops and help farmers come up with alternative crops for the dry season.

The dry spell phenomenon intensifies at the beginning of the new year and it is expected to prolong up to May this year.

“We’re meeting with the regional heads of agriculture, natural environment resources and irrigation offices because of the ongoing El Niño which is approaching its peak and will likely spawn dry spell and drought,” Nuño said.

Expected to be invited in the conference the congresswoman will call are representatives from the Department of Agriculture, National Irrigation Authority,  City Interior and Local Government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

To deal with the adverse effects of El Niño on farmlands and dams, Nuño said she has already started requesting the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture to put up contingency measures to help the farmers.

“Like for example, small water irrigation impounding dams for our vegetable growers. But where or when we get water? This should be further discussed because our city is expected to experience drought condition and there will never be enough water,” she added.

Citing the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration’s  (PAGASA) climate prediction, Nuño said the El Niño’s transition to neutral condition is expected by May-June-July 2016.

Nuño stressed that if drought continues or goes on until May this will boil down to lack of water and it will really affect the rice fields and farmlands including the production of rice, vegetables and agricultural products in the city.

To cope with the adverse effects of El Niño phenomenon, Nuño advised the farmers to grow drought-resistant crops, such as peanuts, monggo beans and other drought-tolerant crops “We have to change our mindset and start growing resilient crops.”

As vice-chairperson of the House Committee on Agriculture and Food Security, Nuño delivered some P587 million worth of infrastructure projects to her district during the past 18 months since she assumed her seat in the House of Representatives in 2013.

Nuño’s projects include farms to market roads, barangay water systems, road widening and rehabilitation projects, drainage and flood control systems, bridges and barangay multi-purpose halls.

She has been calling the national and local agriculture officials to take long-delayed steps to irrigate additional farmlands and make the agricultural sector more productive. Hader Glang

Rep. Nuño is the first Zamboangueña President of the National Rural Improvement Club (RIC)

RIC is an organization for home managers especially mothers for them to be able to help their husbands to alleviate their respective lives.

The congresswoman has held various livelihood trainings to include recycling of trash that can be turned into cash and organic farming where mothers do organic vegetable farming.