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PIA Press Release
2010/02/26

Pangasinan gov reconvenes EL Nino task force

Lingayen, Pangasinan (26 February) -- The province's Multi-Sectoral Task Force on El Niņo has been reconstituted to prepare a plan of action to mitigate the impact of the dry spell on agriculture, environment, economy and human health.

Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. said that an immediate plan of action must be implemented to cushion the effect of the phenomenon and further assist the marginalized farmers from production loss thru effective solutions.

The multi-sectoral task force, chaired by Dalisay Moya, OIC-Provincial Agriculturist with Paterno Orduņa as co-chair, will identify, monitor and evaluate all areas within the irrigated lands that are traditionally not served with irrigation water during long dry spells.

According to Moya, the group is also tasked to identify all livestock such as hogs and poultry and inland fishery areas that are most likely to be affected by El Niņo. "We will also identify and assess all areas that were delayed in planting especially those areas that may have to plant in October in the case of corn and rainfed rice, and in November, in the case of irrigated rice," she said.

Briefings and massive information dissemination related to El Niņo for mitigation and adaptation measures to community sectors will also be conducted. "We need to educate our farmers, the fisherfolks and other agricultural stakeholders by providing them information about practical tips regarding this phenomenon. They must be ready for any eventuality to sustain productivity," she added.

El Niņo is a periodic ocean-warming and atmospheric disturbance characterized by deficient rainfall and prolonged drought in some areas, while heavy rains, storms or hurricane affect other areas of the globe resulting in innumerable damages to crops, livestock, properties and even human lives.

Based on daily monitoring report, there are 246 affected barangays in the province covering an area of 105.5 hectares with low harvest seen in 83.5 hectares.

The task force has as members provincial planning officer Benita Pizarro, provincial veterinarian Benedicto Perez, Provincial Irrigation Engineer Helsy Bermudez, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Leduina Co, NFA Western Pangasinan Manager Ramon Cuaresma, NFA Eastern Pangasinan Manager Nicanor Rosario; Provincial Information Officer Orpheus M. Velasco, OIC-Provincial Health Office Ferdinand Totaan, Federation of Irrigator's Association president Oftociano Manalo and PAFC chairman Claudio Ofrancia. (PIO/PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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