CDRRMO sets drought contingency planning PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 10:57

By  SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) has set a 3-day workshop for the development of a Drought Contingency Plan from Feb. 9-11 in a bid to establish actions and procedures to cushion the impact of an extreme dry spell.

On Feb. 9-10, the workshop is set at the Royce Convention in Astoria Hotel w hile the Feb. 11 schedule will be held at the Astoria Plaza in the same hotel.

The activity is set at a time when Zamboanga City has been declared to be under a state of calamity, as water level at the Pasonanca diversion dam reaches critical level. The Zamboanga City Water District has extended its water rationing schedule from previous 12 hours to 8 hours daily due to decreasing water level.

OIC City Administrator and CDRRMO head Elmeir Apolinario, Ph.D. said representatives from the local government unit, regional and national agencies, utilities sector, civic organizations and the 98 barangays are expected to participate in the activity.

Objectives of the workshop are to establish actions and procedures for managing water supply and demand during drought conditions and to build a plan that enables to maintain essential public health and safety, minimize adverse impacts on economic activity, environment resources and city’s lifestyle.

While contingency measures are already in place to alleviate the plight of those affected by the dry spell, the contingency planning is the first of its kind in the city and will better equip the city during similar incidences in the future, according to Apolinario.

The first two days of the activity will be highlighted by presentations on the current situation such as the extent of El Niño in the city with Bureau of Soils and Water Management OIC Regional Director Constancio Alama as speaker; climate variance and El Niño occurrence by PAG-ASA chief Meteorological officer Maribel Enriquez; the effect and mitigation actions on drought in the city by City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat; the state of the watersheds and water supply management measures during water shortages by ZCWD general manager Leonardo Vasquez;  fire prevention and suppression preparedness during dry season by District Fire Marshall F/CInsp. Clint Cha and the power condition and improvement amid water shortage by Zamcelco general manager Engr. Edgardo Ancheta. — Sheila Covarrubias