Public need to prepare
for El Niño despite Typhoon Lando rains
MANILA, Oct. 31 -- The public should still prepare for the imminent
effects of El Niño despite rains brought by Typhoon Lando.
According to officials of National Water Resources Board (NWRB) and the
Department of Agriculture (DA) said conservation measures need to be in
place because the El Niño event is expected to last until June 2016.
NWRB Executive Director Dr. Sevillo D. David, Jr. said Typhoon Lando
increased the water level at Angat Dam by eight (8) meters, but this will
last for only a month.
Because of this the NWRB has allocated 38 cubic meters per second for
domestic use, slightly lower than the regular supply of 44-43 cubic meter
David said the government, the private sector and the public should work
hand-in-hand in raising awareness on water conservation and proper use of
Measures are also in place to aid the agriculture sector which is considered
as the most vulnerable sector to El Niño, according to Engineer Henry
Cacayan, OIC of the Water Resources and Management Division under the DA.
The department encourages the farmers to recycle bio-mass for use as
fertilizer, and which will also enhance the water holding capacity of the
Cacayan said the DA discourages overstocking of fishes and feeds in fish
cages because it reduces oxygen in the water that may cause fish kill.
El Niño is the unusual warming in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific
(CEEP) that has negative effects in the agriculture and fishery production,
natural resources and38 environment, human health, and incidence or outbreak
of plant, animal and human diseases.
The 2015-2016 El Niño phenomenon may last until the April-May-June season
and is considered to be among the four strongest since 1950 (1972-1973,
1982-1983 and 1997-1998.)
David and Cacayan were guests yesterday during the Kapihan sa Media ng Bayan.
The Kapihan airs live every Friday over 738 AM DZRB Radyo ng Bayan 10 am to
11am, and telecast over PTV4 at 7pm to 8pm, and IBC 13 from 10.30 pm to
11.30 pm on the same day. (Andrea Lynn Reposo-Media ng Bayan) #ElNinoph