TWG sets La Niña contingency plans PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 July 2016 14:03

To better prepare Zamboanga City from the impact of La Niña, concerned agencies and stakeholders convened Wednesday to formulate contingency plans in case extreme rains hit the city and the region.

Spearheaded by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), the technical working group (TWG) was created through Executive Order 185-2016 issued by Mayor Beng Climaco June 20, 2016 and is tasked to devise ways to combat the ill effects of the phenomenon.

CDRRMO head Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said the contingency plan will equip the various agencies including private groups and organizations on the knowledge and the mechanisms to help mitigate the impact of excessive rains.

La Niña, a phenomenon that describes cooler than normal ocean surface temperatures in the eastern and central Pacific Ocean is expected to bring increased rainfall, catastrophic floods, drier than normal conditions and similar other situations.

The members of the TWG include the chair of the Council committee on disaster and relief services, chair Liga ng mga Barangay, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, OIC City Administrator, City Agriculturist, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer, City Health officer, City Treasurer, City Budget Officer, City Planning and Development Coordinator, City Engineer, City Social welfare and development officer, City Veterinarian, City Legal Officer, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Bureau of Soils and Water Management under the Department of Agriculture, OIC City Police Director, Coast Guard Station Commander, Task Force Zamboanga Commander, Zamcelco manager and Zamboanga City Water District Manager.

The CDRRMO is designated as the lead officer and or focal office that shall coordinate/convene the members of the TWG in order to come up with a Contingency Plan for La Nina in the city. The CDRRMO, OCENR and City Agriculturist Office are also designated as secretariat of the TWG. — Sheila Covarrubias