Zambo’s response to drought in next four years drawn up PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 May 2016 12:07

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) on Friday approved the 4-year drought contingency plan drafted by a technical working group (TWG) during a workshop organized by the city government and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The plan is a result of a CDRRMC resolution approved last January and is intended to serve as the city’s tactical plan to reduce the impact of drought in the years to come.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (CDRRMO) Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said the contingency plan was developed in such a way that it can be updated every after four years.

The drought contingency plan is the city’s drought response to ensure that critical water needs are met during El Niño minimizing the impacts of drought to the economy, society and the environment.

Recall that Zamboanga City, particularly the agriculture sector was hard hit by the long dry spell with damages to crops and fisheries reaching over P24, million.

The city government in cooperation with national agencies have stepped up measures to assist the drought-stricken farmers through the implementation of cash for work and food for work programs, making available irrigation equipment such as drilling rigs, distribution of bags of rice as well as fertilizers, seedlings and fingerlings among others.

The CDRRMC, composed of representatives from national and local agencies including the police and military, convened Friday morning at the CDRRMO conference room with Apolinario pressing the conference.

Other issues discussed during the meeting were the implementation of various projects like riprapping, shoreline protection and irrigation facilities to help the farmers affected by the drought  and the composition of Task Force La Niña that will be created through an executive order. — Sheila Covarrubias