Beng puts up action center to deal with water crisis PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 11:59

By VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday convened the El Niño Response Task Force together with the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) officials in a bid to discuss the prevailing issues and concerns brought about by the water crisis due to the long dry spell that the city has been experiencing since the last quarter of December 2015.

In the meeting, Mayor Climaco instructed the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office headed by Dr. Elmeir Apolinario to activate its command center with the ZCWD represented by Engr. Salvation.

Climaco said the command center is primarily tasked to inform the public about any problems arising from the water crisis, and to keep a list of areas without water so that immediate action can be taken.

She said the city government will assist the ZCWD in the delivery of water to “waterless” areas.

The city government was likewise exploring the possibility of tapping privately-owned deep wells to bring water to the people, and that water purchased by the ZCWD can be sold a nd distributed to areas in need, as per legal advice of City Legal Officer Jesus C. Carbon Jr.

As this developed, the chief executive also convened the City Disaster Council yesterday afternoon, primarily to approve certain measures that will address other areas of concern brought about by the drought, such as health and agriculture.

Early on, City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Adbulos has cautioned the public against heat stroke, dehydration, skin diseases, sore eyes and other health problems resulting from the dry spell.

The City Agriculturist Office under Dr. Diosdado Palacat, meanwhile, reported that the severe dry spell has already affected 1,200 farmers and 1,900 hectares of farmlands.

Dr. Palacat further said about P24-million worth of crops have been damaged by the drought.

He said the city government is now in the process of procuring materials and farming needs to be distributed to the affected farmers aside from the rice assistance.— Vic Larato