Capiz prepares for El Niņo
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (8 February) -- The provincial government of Capiz is taking steps to prepare for the threats posed by El Niņo phenomenon.
Capiz Governor Victor Tanco has already convened the Provincial Price Coordinating Council to initially assess the effects of said phenomenon, particularly on crops as well as prices of basic needs and commodities.
Tanco said the advisory and forecast of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) about the El Niņo phenomenon to affect the province of Capiz cannot be taken for granted.
He said that such forecast could even trigger the unnecessary increases in the prices and supply of basic needs, particularly rice, sugar and other agricultural supply.
Tanco stressed that there is a need for the local government here including other agencies to be proactive and responsive in dealing said situation to protect the interest of the general public.
The Department of Agriculture disclosed earlier that the government will implement the El Niņo Mitigation Program, which will focus on 23 highly vulnerable areas and 24 moderately vulnerable areas in the country.
The areas that are considered highly vulnerable to El Niņo or the dry spell include Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Cavite, Rizal, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, Misamis Oriental, Zamboanga City, Sarangani and South Cotabato.
On the other hand, the areas of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Mt Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, Romblon, Sorsogon, Aklan, Antique, Bohol, Samar, Zamboanga Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga Sur, Bukidnon, Davao Oriental, Davao Sur and Davao City are considered as moderately vulnerable to El Niņo.
El Niņo phenomenon is an abnormal weather condition caused by the warming of the Pacific Ocean and is characterized by the lack of rainfall, and it brings lesser tropical cyclones. (PIA) [top]