DTI braces for the
impact of El Nino
DAGUPAN CITY, November 14 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry
(DTI) braces for the impact of the El Nino phenomenon, which is expected to
peak from October this year to January 2016.
Provincial Director Peter Mangabat of DTI-Pangasinan advised consumers and
business establishments in Pangasinan to be conscious of their consumption
since there may be some areas that may not become productive by the time El
Niño, feared to be one of the strongest on record, takes its toll.
Mangabat also enjoined the business sector to comply with the suggested
retail prices of basic commodities as part of the agency’s mitigating
measures to lessen the impact of the developing stronger El Nino phenomenon
on the price and supply of food.
He also urged consumers to avoid panic buying or abnormal storing of goods
to make sure that there will be sufficient supply of basic commodities for
The National Ocean Service (NOS) website states that “El Niño was originally
recognized by fishermen off the coast of South America in the 1600s, with
the appearance of unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean. The name was
chosen based on the time of year (around December) during which these warm
waters events tended to occur.”