3-day drought contingency planning kicks off in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 11:35

The 3-day workshop for the development of a Drought Contingency Plan kicks off Tuesday, February 9 at the Royce Convention in Astoria Hotel with the participation of all stakeholders in the city.

Organized by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), the activity is aimed 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.

The first two days of the workshop is set at the Royce convention and the last day will be held at the Astoria Plaza.

Zamboanga City has been declared under a state of calamity as the water level at the Pasonanca diversion dam depletes continuously brought about by the El Niño phenomenon.    Damage to agricultural crops as of January 29 has reached the P14 million mark with over 800 farmers affected.

Contingency measures are now being undertaken to cushion the impact of the prolonged dry spell but the contingency planning workshop is the first of its kind in the city and is expected to better equip and prepare the city during similar incidences in the future.

CDRRMO head Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said various speakers representing concerned agencies such as the PAG-ASA DOST, Bureau of Soils and Water Management, City Agriculturist Office, Zamboanga City Water District, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative are expected to give updates concerning the current situation vis-à-vis the dry spell.

Participants to the workshop include representatives from the local government unit, regional and national agencies, utilities sector, civic organizations and the 98 barangays. (Sheila Covarrubias)