PAG-ASA: Weak La Niña expected in September

By Leandria Pagunsan

DUMAGUETE CITY, August 19 (PIA)—Negros Oriental PAG-ASA Chief Neptune Catarata said, a weak La Niña is expected to occur starting September this year until the early months of 2017.

In a recent Kapihan sa PIA on “Disaster Preparedness  vs. La Niña Phenomenon,” though a weak La Niña is expected Catarata however, advised the public to be vigilant and prepare especially in areas that are prone to flooding.

Relative to this, Adrian Sedillo, Executive Director of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) encouraged the public and the community to a 50-50 sharing of responsibilities in preparing for disaster.

Sedillo added, PDRRMC’s tasked is to craft  policies on disaster management with the public’s full support and cooperation to ensure their safety and to prevent loss of lives and properties during disasters.

He further urged barangay officials to hold disaster drills and orientation-seminars with Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCs) Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA), PDRRMC, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Philippine Army (PA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) especially in areas that were badly hit by previous disasters.

Sedillo again, emphasized for the public to be aware of the four (4) important thematic areas of disaster management which are: prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response and rehabilitation.

In a related development, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) head Engineer Jose Chiu informed the public they are focusing their campaign on information, education and communication to the grass roots level. “Basically, all sectors should be covered in disaster management,” said Chiu.

Part of their on-going mitigating measures are dredging of Banica River, construction of flood control dikes and cleaning and expanding drainage canals especially that Dumaguete City is the catch basin of heavy rains coming down from the mountains of Valencia, Negros Oriental.

While disaster is everybody’s concern, Chiu challenged especially the youth to participate in trainings and simulations on disaster preparedness, learn it by heart and practice what they learned.

In terms of food security during calamities, Bernard Limbaga of the Department of Agriculture assured the public they are prepared and that there is  enough budget for buffer stock of rice.

The climate field school of the agriculture sector conducted training to farmers on how to change cropping pattern depending on the climate situation.

Limbaga said  farmers are taught how to determine wind velocity, rainfall, humidity, soil moisture and temperature as basis for their 10 year cropping calendar such as drought tolerant varieties during El Niño and submerge line variety rice that can survive in high waters during La Niña. (mbcn/lpp/PIA-7/Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA Website on Aug. 19, 2016)


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