Ifugao prepares for El Nino
by Vency D. Bulayungan
Lagawe, Ifugao (6 February) -- As the province is busy preparing for the regional athletic meet, the provincial government is also bracing itself to counter the effects of the El-Nino phenomenon.
Governor Teddy Baguilat said that there are two sides of El Nino. It brings good news and at the same time bad news to the province.
For the good side, there will be good weather during the five days Cordillera Administrative Regional Athletic Association Meet which will be held on February 7-11. The bad side, the Governor said is that the dry spell will affect agricultural and household supply of water.
Baguilat said that as early as November the province experienced less rain causing worries to the farmers and even residents in urban areas who are now experiencing lack of water. Even in Kiangan where there is abundant water, we have to fetch for our consumption, he said.
We are forced to buy water from vendors selling a barrel for P80.00 each, Lucia Martin of Kiangan said.
Baguilat said that this is unusual since it should be raining these months but due to El Nino, it has not rained the past months. However, Baguilat stressed that the provincial government has stocked up seed such as corn and palay for farmers.
He also said that the provincial government implemented projects such as irrigation systems, communal irrigation and rehabilitation and development of water systems.
With the construction of the Ambangal Minihydro plant, this will also save the rice terraces in Kiangan from drought since the primary purpose of this hydro plant is to save the rice terraces," Baguilat said.
Baguilat called on the people to maintain and improve the watershed areas which produce water for the terraces. "We do not have gold but when it comes to water, we are rich," he said. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]