PAG-ASA’s Zambo cloud seeding ops start Feb. 15 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 February 2016 13:30

Cloud seeding operations to help cushion the effect of the dry spell will begin today, February 15 until Feb. 28 in line with the DOST-El Niño Task Force Project spearheaded by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA).

Prior to the start of the operations today, the cloud seeding team will call on Mayor Beng Climaco Monday morning to personally brief the chief executive about the project and its expected outcomes, according to City Agriculturist Disodado Palacat.

The cloud seeding operations will be odne in collaboration with the Philippine Air Force and Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) using science-based technologies and approaches. The City Government and the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) are also chipping in for the expenses needed for the operations.

The project aims “to modify the weather and to mitigate the impacts of the present El Niño especially on natural water resources for sustainable domestic and industrial water supply, agriculture, power generation and the likes.”

PAG-ASA is implementing cloud seeding operations throughout the country, and is focused on areas severely affected by the El Niño.

According to Palacat, the Doppler radar and mobile upper air and other equipment that will track clouds have been installed in Abong-abong. Some 200 sacks of powderized iodized salt that will be used for the operations are stocked at the City Agriculturist Office in Tumaga.

After the PAG-ASA led cloud seeding operations, the DA-led operations will follow. Under the DA project, the city will chip in P300,000, the ZCWD will give P700,000 while the DA will shoulder P2 million.  —  Sheila Covarrubias