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 everybody.

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.”

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